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Synonyms for actionˈæk ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. action(noun)

    something done (usually as opposed to something said)

    "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"

    Synonyms:
    activeness, natural action, natural process, legal action, activity, military action, action mechanism, action at law

    Antonyms:
    inactivity, inaction, inactiveness

  2. action, activity, activeness(noun)

    the state of being active

    "his sphere of activity"; "he is out of action"

    Synonyms:
    bodily function, action, activeness, natural action, natural process, legal action, activity, bodily process, military action, action mechanism, body process, action at law

    Antonyms:
    inactivity, inaction, inactiveness

  3. military action, action(noun)

    a military engagement

    "he saw action in Korea"

    Synonyms:
    action, activeness, natural action, natural process, legal action, activity, military action, action mechanism, action at law

    Antonyms:
    inaction, inactiveness, inactivity

  4. natural process, natural action, action, activity(noun)

    a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)

    "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"

    Synonyms:
    bodily function, action, activeness, natural action, natural process, legal action, activity, bodily process, military action, action mechanism, body process, action at law

    Antonyms:
    inactivity, inaction, inactiveness

  5. action(noun)

    the series of events that form a plot

    "his novels always have a lot of action"

    Synonyms:
    activeness, natural action, natural process, legal action, activity, military action, action mechanism, action at law

    Antonyms:
    inactivity, inaction, inactiveness

  6. action(noun)

    the trait of being active and energetic and forceful

    "a man of action"

    Synonyms:
    activeness, natural action, natural process, legal action, activity, military action, action mechanism, action at law

    Antonyms:
    inaction, inactiveness, inactivity

  7. action, action mechanism(noun)

    the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism

    "the piano had a very stiff action"

    Synonyms:
    action, activeness, natural action, natural process, legal action, activity, military action, action mechanism, action at law

    Antonyms:
    inactivity, inactiveness, inaction

  8. legal action, action, action at law(noun)

    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:
    action, activeness, natural action, natural process, legal action, activity, military action, action mechanism, action at law

    Antonyms:
    inactivity, inactiveness, inaction

  9. action(noun)

    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:
    activeness, natural action, natural process, legal action, activity, military action, action mechanism, action at law

    Antonyms:
    inactivity, inaction, inactiveness

  10. action(verb)

    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:
    activeness, natural action, natural process, legal action, activity, military action, action mechanism, action at law

    Antonyms:
    inaction, inactivity, inactiveness

  11. action, sue, litigate, process(verb)

    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:
    process, action, accomplish, execute, work, serve, carry through, swear out, fulfil, work on, carry out, sue, treat, march, fulfill, litigate

    Antonyms:
    inactiveness, inactivity, inaction

  12. carry through, accomplish, execute, carry out, action, fulfill, fulfil(verb)

    put in effect

    "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation"

    Synonyms:
    follow out, carry out, fulfill, follow through, implement, litigate, execute, reach, put to death, accomplish, fulfil, go through, meet, fill, follow up, process, satisfy, carry through, put through, action, run, pull through, attain, sue, achieve, do, bring through, perform, save, live up to

    Antonyms:
    inactiveness, inaction, inactivity

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. action(n)

    An act is strictly and originally something accomplished by an exercise of power, in which sense it is synonymous with deed or effect. Action is a doing. Act is therefore single, individual, momentary; action a complex of acts, or a process, state, or habit of exerting power. We say a virtuous act, but rather a virtuous course of action. We speak of the action of an acid upon a metal, not of its act. Act is used, also, for the simple exertion of power; as, an act of will. In this sense an act does not necessarily imply an external effect, while an action does. Morally, the act of murder is in the determination to kill; legally, the act is not complete without the striking of the fatal blow. Act and deed are both used for the thing done, but act refers to the power put forth, deed to the result accomplished; as, a voluntary act, a bad deed. In connection with other words act is more usually qualified by the use of another noun, action by an adjective preceding; we may say a kind act, though oftener an act of kindness, but only a kind action, not an action of kindness. As between act and deed, deed is commonly used of great, notable, and impressive acts, as are achievement, exploit, and feat.

    Festus: We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths.

    Bailey Festus, A Country Town, sc. 7.

    A feat exhibits strength, skill, personal power, whether mental or physical, especially the latter; as, a feat of arms, a feat of memory. An exploit is a conspicuous or glorious deed, involving valor or heroism, usually combined with strength, skill, loftiness of thought, and readiness of resource; an achievement is the doing of something great and noteworthy; an exploit is brilliant, but its effect may be transient; an achievement is solid, and its effect enduring. Act and action are both in contrast to all that is merely passive and receptive. The intensest action is easier than passive endurance.

    Synonyms:
    accomplishment, achievement, act, consummation, deed, doing, effect, execution, exercise, exertion, exploit, feat, motion, movement, operation, performance, proceeding, transaction, work

    Antonyms:
    cessation, deliberation, endurance, immobility, inaction, inactivity, inertia, passion (In philosophic sense), quiescence, quiet, repose, rest, suffering, suspension

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. action(n.)

    Synonyms:
    activity, exercise, motion, movement, play

  2. action(n.)

    Synonyms:
    deed (viewed as requiring a continued exertion of power), performance, exploit, achievement, procedure, proceeding, acting, turn, ACT

  3. action(n.)

    Synonyms:
    agency, operation, force, influence, instrumentality, process

  4. action(n.)

    Synonyms:
    battle, engagement, conflict, contest, combat, rencontre, encounter, skirmish, brush, affair

  5. action(n.)

    Synonyms:
    gesticulation, gesture

  6. action(n.)

    Synonyms:
    subject, fable, plot, series of events

  7. action(n.)

    Synonyms:
    (Law.) suit, process, case, prosecution


Translations for action

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • optredeAfrikaans
  • عملArabic
  • ғәмәлBashkir
  • механизъм, екшън, действие, бой, дейност, сражение, движение, искBulgarian
  • accióCatalan, Valencian
  • čin, akce, žalobaCzech
  • Funktion, Bewegung, Klage, action, Handlung, Mechanismus, Aktion, KampfGerman
  • πράξη, αγωγή, πάμε, ενέργεια, δίωξη, κίνηση, δράσηGreek
  • acciónSpanish
  • teguEstonian
  • ژیرش, کنش, آکسیونPersian
  • toiminta, akti, teko, toimenpideFinnish
  • action, action en justice, mechanisme, action légaleFrench
  • gnìomhScottish Gaelic
  • acciónGalician
  • אקשן, מנגנון, פעולה, תביעה משפטית, מעשה, אופן פעולהHebrew
  • szerkezet, mozgás, kereset, akció, per, tett, csata, cselekedet, ütközetHungarian
  • հայց, գործողություն, արարք, կռիվ, շարժումArmenian
  • action, mechanismoInterlingua
  • tindakan, aksiIndonesian
  • azione, meccanismo, azione legaleItalian
  • 行動, 動作Japanese
  • āctiōLatin
  • കര്‍മ്മം, പ്രവൃത്തിMalayalam
  • aksi, tindakanMalay
  • werking, actie, handeling, mechanisme, bewegingDutch
  • czynność, akcjaPolish
  • ação, mecanismoPortuguese
  • acțiune, faptăRomanian
  • действие, работа, поступок, механизм, воздействие, движениеRussian
  • veprimAlbanian
  • action, handlingSwedish
  • amel, münasebet, eylemTurkish
  • hành độngVietnamese

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