[ UK /ˈækʃən/ ]
[ US /ˈækʃən/ ]
NOUN
  1. 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
  2. the state of being active
    his sphere of activity
    he is out of action
  3. an act by a government body or supranational organization
    the Union action of emancipating Southern slaves
    the United Nations must have the power to propose and organize action without being hobbled by irrelevant issues
    recent federal action undermined the segregationist position
  4. a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)
    volcanic activity
    the action of natural forces
  5. the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism
    the piano had a very stiff action
  6. the trait of being active and energetic and forceful
    a man of action
  7. the series of events that form a plot
    his novels always have a lot of action
  8. a military engagement
    he saw action in Korea
  9. 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
  10. something done (usually as opposed to something said)
    there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions
VERB
  1. put in effect
    He actioned the operation
    execute the decision of the people
    carry out a task
  2. institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against
    He was warned that the district attorney would process him
    She actioned the company for discrimination
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How To Use action In A Sentence

  • ‘In the absence of those assurances, we will have no choice but to ballot for industrial action,’ he said.
  • The hat, I think the style was called fedora, had a dark band and a dint in the top, which my father would sometimes correct with a chopping action of his right hand.
  • They have recognized that their business depends on world of mouth, and that world of mouth is based on customer satisfaction.
  • The screen is a bit of overkill because the audience is not that far from the center of action on the hot shop floor.
  • The scene near the Chennai Kaliappa Hospital, on Tuesday was supremely ironical, and drew sharp reactions from tree lovers who were passing by.
  • The process of inspiration is active and requires energy for muscle contraction.
  • His casual reaction, "you're overreacting," "these things happen, right?" suggests they've gone through this before, with presumably the more recent procedure she discussed with her gyno. Samantha Zalaznick: Mad Men Recap: Help!
  • It is unlikely that their blueprint for economic reform will be put into action.
  • There have been a number of situations with the young Belgian where had he not taken evasive action he would have been clobbered. The Sun
  • He plainly demanded to be in the thick of the action all of the time.
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