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...
- 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"
- work: activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
- 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"
- group action: action taken by a group of people
Legal action, action, action at law
- 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
- legal action
- action at law
- proceeding, legal proceeding, proceedings: (law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked
- 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"
- 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
- the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism; "the piano had a very stiff action"
- mechanism: device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function
- 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
- 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
- key: a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed
- the trait of being active and energetic and forceful; "a man of action"
- drive: the trait of being highly motivated; "his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"
- the series of events that form a plot; "his novels always have a lot of action"
- 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
- a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
- natural process
- natural action
- 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"
- 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
- a military engagement; "he saw action in Korea"
- group action: action taken by a group of people
- 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"
- 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
- the state of being active; "his sphere of activity"; "he is out of action"
- 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"
- active: (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt; "active volcanos"
- 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"
- something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
- act, deed, human action, human activity: something that people do or cause to happen
- 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
- put in effect; "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation"
- carry through
- carry out
- 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"
- 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"
- 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
- institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against; "He was warned that the district attorney would process him"; "She actioned the company for discrimination"
- challenge: issue a challenge to; "Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"
- expedite: process fast and efficiently; "I will try to expedite the matter"
- litigate: engage in legal proceedings
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