Action

All possible synonyms of the word Action as well as its hypernyms, hyponyms, antonyms, derivations, entailments, meronyms, pertainyms, domain members, similar words, verb groups, and so on...

Action

Definition

  • 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"

Synonyms

  • action

Hypernyms

  • work: activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"

Action

Definition

  • 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 action of emancipating Southern slaves"

Synonyms

  • action

Hypernyms

  • group action: action taken by a group of people

Legal action, action, action at law

Definition

  • 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

Synonyms

  • legal action
  • action
  • action at law

Hypernyms

  • proceeding, legal proceeding, proceedings: (law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked

Topic domains

  • law, jurisprudence: the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Hyponyms

  • antitrust case: a legal action brought against parties who are charged with limiting free competition in the market place
  • civil action: legal action to protect a private civil right or to compel a civil remedy (as distinguished from criminal prosecution)
  • counterclaim: a claim filed in opposition to another claim in a legal action
  • custody case: a legal action to determine custody (usually of children following a divorce)
  • lis pendens: a pending lawsuit
  • prosecution, criminal prosecution: the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior
  • test case, test suit: a representative legal action whose outcome is likely to become a precedent

Action, action mechanism

Definition

  • the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism; "the piano had a very stiff action"

Synonyms

  • action
  • action mechanism

Hypernyms

  • mechanism: device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function

Part holonym

  • gun: a weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity (especially from a metal tube or barrel)
  • keyboard: device consisting of a set of keys on a piano or organ or typewriter or typesetting machine or computer or the like

Hyponyms

  • gunlock, firing mechanism: the action that ignites the charge in a firearm
  • movement: the driving and regulating parts of a mechanism (as of a watch or clock); "it was an expensive watch with a diamond movement"
  • piano action: action consisting of a system of levers that move a felt hammer to strike the strings when a key is depressed
  • pump action, slide action: action mechanism in a modern rifle or shotgun; a back and forward motion of a sliding lever ejects the empty shell case and cocks the firearm and loads a new round

Part metromyms

  • key: a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed

Action

Definition

  • the trait of being active and energetic and forceful; "a man of action"

Synonyms

  • action

Hypernyms

  • drive: the trait of being highly motivated; "his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"

Action

Definition

  • the series of events that form a plot; "his novels always have a lot of action"

Synonyms

  • action

Hypernyms

  • plot: the story that is told in a novel or play or movie etc.; "the characters were well drawn but the plot was banal"

Natural process, natural action, action, activity

Definition

  • a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"

Synonyms

  • natural process
  • natural action
  • action
  • activity

Hypernyms

  • process, physical process: a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states; "events now in process"; "the process of calcification begins later for boys than for girls"

Hyponyms

  • radiation: the spread of a group of organisms into new habitats
  • absorption: (physics) the process in which incident radiated energy is retained without reflection or transmission on passing through a medium; "the absorption of photons by atoms or molecules"
  • acidification: the process of becoming acid or being converted into an acid
  • adiabatic process: (thermodynamics) any process that occurs without gain or loss of heat
  • aeration: the process of exposing to air (so as to purify); "the aeration of the soil"
  • antiredeposition: the process of preventing redeposition
  • capture: any process in which an atomic or nuclear system acquires an additional particle
  • capture: a process whereby a star or planet holds an object in its gravitational field
  • centrifugation: the process of separating substances of different densities by the use of a centrifuge
  • chemical process, chemical change, chemical action: (chemistry) any process determined by the atomic and molecular composition and structure of the substances involved
  • chromatography: a process used for separating mixtures by virtue of differences in absorbency
  • concretion: the formation of stonelike objects within a body organ (e.g., the kidneys)
  • condensation: the process of changing from a gaseous to a liquid or solid state
  • convection: (meteorology) the vertical movement of heat or other properties by massive motion within the atmosphere
  • curdling, clotting, coagulation: the process of forming semisolid lumps in a liquid
  • decay: the process of gradually becoming inferior
  • demagnetization, demagnetisation: the process of removing magnetization
  • desorption: changing from an adsorbed state on a surface to a gaseous or liquid state
  • diffusion: (physics) the process in which there is movement of a substance from an area of high concentration of that substance to an area of lower concentration
  • dissolution, disintegration: separation into component parts
  • distillation, distillment: the process of purifying a liquid by boiling it and condensing its vapors
  • drift: the gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane)
  • effervescence: the process of bubbling as gas escapes
  • electrophoresis, cataphoresis, dielectrolysis, ionophoresis: the motion of charged particles in a colloid under the influence of an electric field; particles with a positive charge go to the cathode and negative to the anode
  • establishment, ecesis: (ecology) the process by which a plant or animal becomes established in a new habitat
  • extinction: the reduction of the intensity of radiation as a consequence of absorption and radiation
  • extraction: the process of obtaining something from a mixture or compound by chemical or physical or mechanical means
  • feedback: the process in which part of the output of a system is returned to its input in order to regulate its further output
  • filtration: the process whereby fluids pass through a filter or a filtering medium
  • flocculation: the process of flocculating; forming woolly cloudlike aggregations
  • flow: any uninterrupted stream or discharge
  • formation: natural process that causes something to form; "the formation of gas in the intestine"; "the formation of crystals"; "the formation of pseudopods"
  • fossilization, fossilisation: the process of fossilizing a plant or animal that existed in some earlier age; the process of being turned to stone
  • geological process, geologic process: (geology) a natural process whereby geological features are modified
  • hardening, solidifying, solidification, set, curing: the process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization; "the hardening of concrete"; "he tested the set of the glue"
  • inactivation: the process of rendering inactive; "the gene inactivation system"; "thermal inactivation of serum samples"
  • ion exchange: a process in which ions are exchanged between a solution and an insoluble (usually resinous) solid; widely used in industrial processing
  • ionization, ionisation: the process of ionizing; the formation of ions by separating atoms or molecules or radicals or by adding or subtracting electrons from atoms by strong electric fields in a gas
  • leach, leaching: the process of leaching
  • magnetization, magnetisation, magnetic induction: the process that makes a substance magnetic (temporarily or permanently)
  • materialization, materialisation: the process of coming into being; becoming reality; "the materialization of her dream"
  • nuclear reaction: (physics) a process that alters the energy or structure or composition of atomic nuclei
  • opacification: the process of becoming cloudy or opaque
  • oscillation: the process of oscillating between states
  • oxygenation: the process of providing or combining or treating with oxygen; "the oxygenation of the blood"
  • pair production, pair creation, pair formation: the transformation of a gamma-ray photon into an electron and a positron when the photon passes close to an atomic nucleus
  • phase change, phase transition, state change, physical change: a change from one state (solid or liquid or gas) to another without a change in chemical composition
  • precession of the equinoxes: a slow westward shift of the equinoxes along the plane of the ecliptic caused by precession of the Earth's axis of rotation
  • release: a process that liberates or discharges something; "there was a sudden release of oxygen"; "the release of iodine from the thyroid gland"
  • saltation: (geology) the leaping movement of sand or soil particles as they are transported in a fluid medium over an uneven surface
  • scattering: the physical process in which particles are deflected haphazardly as a result of collisions
  • sericulture: raising silkworms in order to obtain raw silk
  • sink: (technology) a process that acts to absorb or remove energy or a substance from a system; "the ocean is a sink for carbon dioxide"
  • soak, soakage, soaking: the process of becoming softened and saturated as a consequence of being immersed in water (or other liquid); "a good soak put life back in the wagon"
  • softening: the process of becoming softer; "refrigeration delayed the softening of the fruit"; "he observed the softening of iron by heat"
  • sorption: the process in which one substance takes up or holds another (by either absorption or adsorption)
  • source: (technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system; "a heat source"; "a source of carbon dioxide"
  • stiffening, rigidifying, rigidification: the process of becoming stiff or rigid
  • stimulation: (physiology) the effect of a stimulus (on nerves or organs etc.)
  • succession, ecological succession: (ecology) the gradual and orderly process of change in an ecosystem brought about by the progressive replacement of one community by another until a stable climax is established
  • survival, survival of the fittest, natural selection, selection: a natural process resulting in the evolution of organisms best adapted to the environment
  • synergy, synergism: the working together of two things (muscles or drugs for example) to produce an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects
  • temperature change: a process whereby the degree of hotness of a body (or medium) changes
  • transduction: the process whereby a transducer accepts energy in one form and gives back related energy in a different form; "the transduction of acoustic waves into voltages by a microphone"
  • transpiration: the passage of gases through fine tubes because of differences in pressure or temperature
  • vitrification: the process of becoming vitreous

Military action, action

Definition

  • a military engagement; "he saw action in Korea"

Synonyms

  • military action
  • action

Hypernyms

  • group action: action taken by a group of people

Topic domains

  • military, armed forces, armed services, military machine, war machine: the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Hyponyms

  • amphibious landing: a military action of coordinated land, sea, and air forces organized for an invasion; "MacArthur staged a massive amphibious landing behind enemy lines"
  • battle, conflict, fight, engagement: a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war; "Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga"; "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"
  • blockade, encirclement: a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy
  • defense, defence, defensive measure: (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies; "they died in the defense of Stalingrad"; "they were developed for the defense program"
  • electronic warfare, EW: military action involving the use of electromagnetic energy to determine or exploit or reduce or prevent hostile use of the electromagnetic spectrum
  • police action: a local military action without declaration of war; against violators of international peace and order
  • resistance: the military action of resisting the enemy's advance; "the enemy offered little resistance"
  • saber rattling, sabre rattling: the ostentatious display of military power (with the implied threat that it might be used)
  • sortie, sally: a military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their position
  • war, warfare: the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; "thousands of people were killed in the war"

Action, activity, activeness

Definition

  • the state of being active; "his sphere of activity"; "he is out of action"

Synonyms

  • action
  • activity
  • activeness

Hypernyms

  • state: the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"

Attributes

  • active: (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt; "active volcanos"

Hyponyms

  • agency: the state of being in action or exerting power; "the agency of providence"; "she has free agency"
  • busyness, hum: the state of being or appearing to be actively engaged in an activity; "they manifested all the busyness of a pack of beavers"; "there is a constant hum of military preparation"
  • behavior, behaviour: the action or reaction of something (as a machine or substance) under specified circumstances; "the behavior of small particles can be studied in experiments"
  • eruption, eructation, extravasation: (of volcanos) pouring out fumes or lava (or a deposit so formed)
  • operation: the state of being in effect or being operative; "that rule is no longer in operation"
  • overdrive: the state of high or excessive activity or productivity or concentration; "Troops are ready to go into overdrive as soon as the signal is given"; "Melissa's brain was in overdrive"
  • play: a state in which action is feasible; "the ball was still in play"; "insiders said the company's stock was in play"
  • swing: a state of steady vigorous action that is characteristic of an activity; "the party went with a swing"; "it took time to get into the swing of things"

Action

Definition

  • something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"

Synonyms

  • action

Hypernyms

  • act, deed, human action, human activity: something that people do or cause to happen

Hyponyms

  • thing: an action; "how could you do such a thing?"
  • kindness, benignity: a kind act
  • accomplishment, achievement: the action of accomplishing something
  • alienation: the action of alienating; the action of causing to become unfriendly; "his behavior alienated the other students"
  • application: the action of putting something into operation; "the application of maximum thrust"; "massage has far-reaching medical applications"; "the application of indexes to tables of data"
  • res gestae: things done
  • course, course of action: a mode of action; "if you persist in that course you will surely fail"; "once a nation is embarked on a course of action it becomes extremely difficult for any retraction to take place"
  • interaction: a mutual or reciprocal action; interacting
  • fetch: the action of fetching
  • playing: the action of taking part in a game or sport or other recreation
  • play, swordplay: the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully
  • arrival: the act of arriving at a certain place; "they awaited her arrival"
  • performance, execution, carrying out, carrying into action: the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it; "they criticised his performance as mayor"; "experience generally improves performance"
  • choice, selection, option, pick: the act of choosing or selecting; "your choice of colors was unfortunate"; "you can take your pick"
  • change: the action of changing something; "the change of government had no impact on the economy"; "his change on abortion cost him the election"
  • economy, saving: an act of economizing; reduction in cost; "it was a small economy to walk to work every day"; "there was a saving of 50 cents"
  • prohibition, inhibition, forbiddance: the action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding (or an instance thereof); "they were restrained by a prohibition in their charter"; "a medical inhibition of alcoholic beverages"; "he ignored his parents' forbiddance"
  • resistance, opposition: the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with; "he encountered a general feeling of resistance from many citizens"; "despite opposition from the newspapers he went ahead"
  • bruxism: involuntarily or unconsciously clenching or grinding the teeth, typically during sleep
  • transfusion: the action of pouring a liquid from one vessel to another
  • pickings, taking: the act of someone who picks up or takes something; "the pickings were easy"; "clothing could be had for the taking"
  • transgression: the action of going beyond or overstepping some boundary or limit
  • aggression, hostility: violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked
  • destabilization, destabilisation: the action of destabilizing; making something less stable (especially of a government or country or economy)
  • employment, engagement: the act of giving someone a job
  • politeness, civility: the act of showing regard for others
  • reverence: an act showing respect (especially a bow or curtsy)
  • reference, consultation: the act of referring or consulting; "reference to an encyclopedia produced the answer"
  • emphasizing, accenting, accentuation: the act of giving special importance or significance to something
  • beatification: the action of rendering supremely blessed and extremely happy
  • jumpstart, jump-start: starting an automobile engine that has a weak battery by means of jumper cables to another car; "my battery was dead so I had to get a jumpstart from my neighbor"
  • stupefaction: the action of stupefying; making dull or lethargic; "the professor was noted for his stupefaction of the students"
  • vampirism: the actions or practices of a vampire

Carry through, accomplish, execute, carry out, action, fulfill, fulfil

Definition

  • put in effect; "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation"

Synonyms

  • carry through
  • accomplish
  • execute
  • carry out
  • action
  • fulfill
  • fulfil

Verb groups

  • follow through, follow up, follow out, carry out, implement, put through, go through: pursue to a conclusion or bring to a successful issue; "Did he go through with the treatment?"; "He implemented a new economic plan"; "She followed up his recommendations with a written proposal"

Hypernyms

  • complete, finish: come or bring to a finish or an end; "He finished the dishes"; "She completed the requirements for her Master's Degree"; "The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours; others finished in over 4 hours"
  • effect, effectuate, set up: produce; "The scientists set up a shock wave"

Hyponyms

  • get over: to bring (a necessary but unpleasant task) to an end; "Let's get this job over with"; "It's a question of getting over an unpleasant task"
  • run: carry out; "run an errand"
  • consummate: make perfect; bring to perfection
  • consummate: fulfill sexually; "consummate a marriage"
  • do, perform: get (something) done; "I did my job"
  • dispatch, discharge, complete: complete or carry out; "discharge one's duties"

Action, sue, litigate, process

Definition

  • institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against; "He was warned that the district attorney would process him"; "She actioned the company for discrimination"

Synonyms

  • action
  • sue
  • litigate
  • process

Hypernyms

  • challenge: issue a challenge to; "Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"

Hyponyms

  • expedite: process fast and efficiently; "I will try to expedite the matter"

Verb groups

  • litigate: engage in legal proceedings

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