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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism
    • the piano had a very stiff action
  • the trait of being active and energetic and forceful
    • a man of action
  • the series of events that form a plot
    • his novels always have a lot of action
  • a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)
    • the action of natural forces
    • volcanic activity
  • a military engagement
    • he saw action in Korea
  • the state of being active
    • his sphere of activity
    • he is out of action
  • something done (usually as opposed to something said)
    • there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions
  • put in effect
    • carry out a task
    • execute the decision of the people
    • He actioned the operation
  • 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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