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1 something done by someone
  • judge people by their actions, not by their words

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2 the unfolding of events in a dramatic or literary work
  • the mystery writer displays a sure hand in managing the novel's complicated but never incoherent action

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3 a court case for enforcing a right or claim
  • filed an action in county court to recover his lawn mower from his neighbor, who claims he "gave" it to her

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4 active fighting during the course of a war
  • the battalion saw action soon after it arrived in France

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5 actions plural the way or manner in which one conducts oneself
  • observing the actions of mice in various controlled settings helps scientists understand the effects of certain drugs

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6 readiness to engage in daring or difficult activity
  • the wilderness was tamed by men and women of action

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The first known use of action was in the 14th century

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“Action.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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