action  

  • Pronunciation of action: AE1 K SH AH0 N ('ækʃən)

  • Number of syllables of action: 2

  • Pronunciation Video of action

  • Definition of action

    • (n): something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"  
    • (n): the most important or interesting work or activity in a specific area or field; "the action is no longer in technology stocks but in municipal bonds"; "gawkers always try to get as close to the action as possible"  
    • (n): a military engagement; "he saw action in Korea"  
    • (n): a judicial proceeding brought by one party against another; one party prosecutes another for a wrong done or for protection of a right or for prevention of a wrong  
    • (n): an act by a government body or supranational organization; "recent federal action undermined the segregationist position"; "the United Nations must have the power to propose and organize action without being hobbled by irrelevant issues"; "the Union actio  
    • (n): the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism; "the piano had a very stiff action"  
    • (n): the trait of being active and energetic and forceful; "a man of action"  
    • (n): the series of events that form a plot; "his novels always have a lot of action"  
    • (n): a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"  
    • (n): the state of being active; "his sphere of activity"; "he is out of action"  
    • (v): put in effect; "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation"  
    • (v): institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against; "He was warned that the district attorney would process him"; "She actioned the company for discrimination"  
  • Examples of action

    • Consciousness is the actor, the action, the process and the witness of action.  
    • The contestant makes the action.  
    • The action was entirely unintentional.  
    • She agreed with the vindicatory action.  
    • This action is partially suggestible.  
    • We condemn her action.  
    • Her action was spontaneous.  
    • But your action was discreditable.  
    • There have been suggestions, Wallop, that women who miscarry do so because of some action of theirs.  
    • The action was quite justifiable.  

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