Adjective "action" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


The fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim.
  1. 'strike action was threatened'
  2. 'As with all security audits, should the results require remedial action, such actions will be taken.'
  3. 'I did in fact take action at that time on advice from officials to address these concerns.'
  4. 'But the speech had had the desired effect: public health action had finally been galvanised.'
  5. 'Elections are the paramount means for influencing governmental action.'
  6. 'It would take a change in the minister of state to really effect some action.'
  7. 'Postal services could be hit by prolonged strike action over plans to process North Yorkshire's mail in Leeds at weekends.'
  8. 'One of the callers threatened to take action against the attackers.'
  9. 'People need to write their Congressmen about this and demand the Army take action.'
  10. 'Both unions have threatened strike action if their demands are not met.'
  11. 'With the local prosecutor declining to take action, the issue has probably peaked.'
  12. 'That very specificity of chemical action is often a highly prized medicinal property.'
  13. 'Therefore the area of the roadway in question had been subject to the detrimental effects of frost action.'
  14. 'Considering the different mechanisms of the action of the two drugs, different protective effects are suggested.'
  15. 'The precise mechanism of the biological actions of this plant is not fully understood.'
  16. 'Onset of action is rapid and side effects include local irritation and unpleasant taste.'
  17. 'The tetrodo-toxin produced has a selective blocking effect on nerve action potentials.'
  18. 'When all the finish is removed, apply a neutralizer to stop the chemical action.'
  19. 'the rank and file want to call the action off'
  20. 'The ripple effects of the week-long action spread into other areas of life.'
  21. 'You have to go back to 1976 to find pan-Canadian united action by the trade union movement.'
  22. 'When the workers walked out the company sacked them for taking unofficial action.'
  23. 'The unofficial action began at 8am when pickets were placed outside the station.'
  24. 'Their action began three weeks after the annual wage negotiations with the company reached a stalemate.'
  25. 'This week's action by the POA was the first industrial dispute at any Irish prison for well over a decade.'
  26. 'The action began on May 18 when 800 staff walked off the job in Watford in south England.'
  27. 'Nursery nurses claim the council has provoked the action by ignoring their arguments for an increase in their hourly rate.'
  28. 'The apparent rejection of collective action has lead to trade union membership remaining low.'
  29. 'Refusing to work or take on duties on health and safety grounds is not secondary action.'
  30. 'While the action sometimes moved a little too slowly, there were plenty of funny scenes to keep things bubbling along.'
  31. 'There isn't actually a lot of dramatic action happening - much of the story revolves around the psychology.'
  32. 'Time. Used to define the limits of the story and around which action is organized.'
  33. 'Yet, compared to Deus Ex, it seems to have far less action and far more story.'
  34. 'The action of the story divides between this rural backdrop and Helsinki, to which Eeva eventually flees.'
  35. 'It is set about two hundred years ago, at the time of the Napoleonic wars; the action takes place mostly in England.'
  36. 'the weekend sporting action begins on Saturday'
  37. 'My only criticism is that perhaps there could have been a little more exciting action.'
  38. 'Exciting racing action throughout the weekend in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.'
  39. 'The pair will present a brand new weekend show covering all the latest sporting action from across the globe.'
  40. 'The second half was brimful of exciting action, even if the scoring returns were nothing to crow about.'
  41. 'Hollywood is hot, but this is where the action is and sometimes it is fun to be where the action is.'
  42. 'Five games on each day of the carnival means that there is non-stop action throughout the weekend.'
  43. 'Thankfully, that proved to be unfounded and we can continue to savour the prospect of some exciting action.'
  44. 'On the eve of his 100th birthday, Gaston suffered a stroke, but it didn't stop his drive to be ‘to be where the action’ was where the action was.'
  45. 'On some days it was difficult for visitors to know which way to look because there was just so much exciting wildlife action going on around them.'
  46. 'It will be in place on match-days so that fans can catch up on the latest Sunday sporting action before and after the Knights home matches.'
  47. 'lights, camera, action'
  48. 'Once he has his quarry in his sights, it's ready, aim, fire, lights, camera, action for this freedom-loving documentarian.'
  49. 'Jayson pointed the camera, Eric called ‘Action’ and Chris ran with an expression of terror on his face.'
A thing done; an act.
  1. 'A nurse has told a jury she did not feel able to question the actions of a colleague who mistakenly gave a toddler an incorrect injection.'
  2. 'Welcome to the real world people, a world of personal responsibility where actions can generate reactions.'
  3. 'They knew that complaining about her actions could raise questions about their conduct and did it anyway.'
  4. 'Our group largely agreed but added that the police response to our actions would play a decisive role in how far things would escalate.'
  5. 'When will she take responsibility for her own actions?'
  6. 'However, the actions of corporations do have effects on the environment, society, and culture, etc.'
  7. 'The consumer is king and it is the consumer who must accept a little more responsibility for the actions of global companies that are only reacting to our whims.'
  8. 'There comes a point where you have to take responsibility for your own actions.'
  9. 'The wider issue is the question of the state's behaviour and whether its actions were responsible.'
  10. 'But there is also a perceived need on the part of governments to build up a momentum in public opinion both to justify its actions and bury awkward questions.'
  11. 'his actions emphasized his words'
  12. 'Some levels will have you performing the same movements and actions for ten minutes only to get you to a room with no purpose.'
  13. 'He doesn't tend to speak, rather communicate in actions and gestures.'
  14. 'But their movement and actions are depicted with expressiveness and drama.'
  15. 'No words, just clean efficient movement and actions.'
  16. 'Christopher also bent down to the parcel, concealing his and her actions with a turned back and diminished movements.'
  17. 'Simple actions and words are put at a premium when they aren't used to buoy a Message of Personal and Social Importance.'
  18. 'The actors, in their movements and actions, too remind one of theatrical expressions that are wholly Malayali in origin.'
  19. 'This workshop was the first phase of a training programme in which the kids learnt how to create expressions, actions and movements of characters.'
  20. 'How was it possible for someone as dumb and arrogant as Heath to make me blush with a simple action or word?'
  21. 'They do not perform actions, and their movements and modifications are not caused by motives, for the simple reason that they have no minds with which to perceive.'
The way in which something works or moves.
  1. 'An anti-runway warhead which is equipped with a delayed action fuse has the capability of penetrating reinforced concrete runways to a depth of nearly 0.5m.'
  2. 'One of the things that gives the gun such a smooth action is the fact that the action bar and magazine tube move together.'
  3. 'The heart's pumping action pushes the blood around the body through the arteries.'
  4. 'He moved the slide action back and forth, checking that the movement was smooth enough to meet his satisfaction.'
  5. 'Most bolt actions will fit the cartridge without bolt modification and bullets up to .35 caliber can be fitted into some variation of the case.'
Armed conflict.
  1. 'He was wounded in action in Italy in November 1944.'
  2. 'Wayne's body has never been found, he is listed as missing in action, and presumed to be dead.'
  3. 'Casualties totaled 77,000 men, which included 8,000 killed in action, 48,000 wounded in action, and 21,000 as prisoners of war or missing in action.'
  4. 'Cope was one of more than 8,000 Americans missing in action during the Korean War.'
  5. 'Most National Guard and Reservists sign up thinking they'll never see action, let alone deployment overseas.'
  6. 'Military action, especially a Nato assault, must be the option of last resort.'
  7. 'Several yeomen are known to have volunteered for service at Waterloo, but no formed units saw action until the Second Boer War.'
  8. 'As the news of their son's bravery came in, his parents didn't seem surprised that he had been in the thick of the action on the outskirts of the city.'
  9. 'Some of our adversaries are not bound by the laws we value and which regulate U.S. military actions.'
  10. 'For a long time the concept of combat was synonymous to the concept of military actions.'
  11. 'Hawks hurriedly flew off to protect Paris but Paris was soon occupied and the Hawk pilots attempted to fight a rearguard action as they retreated from one base to another.'
  12. 'It was the beginning of decades of military actions until the wars of independence ended in 1825.'
  13. 'But recent weeks have seen a resurgence of armed actions by government opponents.'
  14. 'However, other soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines die in combat actions, too.'
  15. 'The doctrine of ‘preemptive’ war will remain in force, and will be used to justify further military actions.'
  16. 'Further, subsequent military actions may depend on the effectiveness of a non-lethal attack.'
  17. 'The combined arms battle called for concerted actions by infantry and artillery later joined by tanks and aviation.'
  18. 'Third, normally blockade takes the form of systematic naval military actions.'
Legal proceedings; a lawsuit.
  1. 'Judicial Watch has filed 92 lawsuits and legal actions against government officials.'
  2. 'The Claimant would lose his action against the primary tort feasor and must look to a claim against his solicitors.'
  3. 'That case was not concerned with public law but was a civil action for damages.'
  4. 'It must be stressed that it is not for the court to assign a legal classification to the actions brought by the plaintiffs before the national court.'
  5. 'The first chance event is whether the plaintiff decides to bring an action for common law damages.'
  6. 'The litigation was an action in the District Court, your Honour, in a commercial matter.'
  7. 'Here, the contractor was the plaintiff and the owners were the defendants in a lien action.'
  8. 'There's also a limit on how long after a wrongful act a civil action can be commenced.'
  9. 'Would the law of New Zealand that takes away rights of common law actions for personal injuries and puts people on some kind of pension scheme apply?'
  10. 'The claimant brought an action for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.'


Take action on; deal with.
  1. 'I have made numerous calls to the so called Help Line and nothing is ever actioned.'
  2. 'While some comments were just plain amusing, the more serious ones had been actioned where possible by the management, or a note had been put in explaining why the suggestion could not be acted on.'
  3. 'Every test required was actioned quickly with results received within a short time. The first paramedic even called back to the hospital later to check all was well.'
  4. 'The issue was not one of releasability per se - more that each individual in the chain felt beholden to check the releasability of the information before actioning any requests.'
  5. 'We received separate complaints about flytipping in this area on Tuesday and Wednesday in this area and this will be actioned.'
  6. 'It's not unusual for someone to arrive at the service with court documents that need to be actioned quite soon after the appointment.'
  7. 'However, initial thoughts are that a local merger could perhaps be actioned and would clearly simplify existing structures.'
  8. 'Both of these recommendations have been actioned.'
  9. 'That is why I actioned the share transfer of 6,250 shares.'
  10. 'Mr Molony noted that the recommendation last year by the Safety Review Group that research should be undertaken into helmets had been actioned.'

More definitions

1. the process or state of acting or of being active: The machine is not in action now.

2. something done or performed; act; deed.

3. an act that one consciously wills and that may be characterized by physical or mental activity: a crisis that demands action instead of debate; hoping for constructive action by the landlord.

4. actions, habitual or usual acts; conduct: He is responsible for his actions.

5. energetic activity: a man of action.

6. an exertion of power or forc

More examples(as adjective)

"suits can be action."

"plaintiffses can be action."

"pokes can be action."

"operations can be action."

"carts can be action."

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