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action

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of action

  1. 1 something done by someone judge people by their actions, not by their words Synonyms of action act, deed, doing, exploit, feat, thing Words Related to action accomplishment, achievement, attainment; adventure, experience; emprise, enterprise, initiative, undertaking; handiwork, performance, work; stunt, trick; activity, dealing; maneuver, measure, move, operation, procedure, proceeding, step, tactic; coaction

  2. 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 Synonyms of action plot, story, story line Words Related to action subplot; arc, development; design, outline, plan, scheme; argument, mythos, subject, theme

  3. 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 Synonyms of action lawsuit, proceeding, suitWords Related to action litigation; case, cause, complaint; counterclaim, countersuit, cross action, cross-claim

  4. 4 active fighting during the course of a war the battalion saw action soon after it arrived in France Synonyms of action combat, battle, fieldWords Related to action attack, fire, firefight, pitched battle, single combat; hostilities, operations, warfare; duty, service

  5. 5 actions pl  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 Synonyms of action actions, address, bearing, comportment, conduct, demeanor, deportment, geste (also gest) [archaic]Words Related to action etiquette, form, manners, mores, proprieties; p's and q's; amenity, civility, courtesy, decorum, politeness; air, attitude, carriage, poise, pose, posture, presence; aspect, look, mien; formality, protocol, rules; custom, habit, habitude, pattern, practice (also practise), trick, wont; convention, fashion, form, mode, style; affectation, attribute, characteristic, mark, trait; distinctiveness, oddity, peculiarity, singularity, strangeness, uniqueness, weirdness

  6. 6 readiness to engage in daring or difficult activity the wilderness was tamed by men and women of action Synonyms of action enterprise, aggressiveness, ambition, drive, go, hustle, initiativeWords Related to action grit, gumption, pluck, snap, spirit, spunk, starch; ambitiousness, killer instinct, overambitiousness; assertiveness, self-reliance; energy, hardihood, pep, vigor, vitalityNear Antonyms of action inactivity, inertia, passivity; diffidence, faintheartedness, timidity; hesitation, reluctance; indolence, laziness, lethargy



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