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1‘there can be no excuse for their actions’
deed, act, activity, move, gesture, undertaking, exploit, manoeuvre, achievement, accomplishment, venture, enterprise, endeavour, effort, exertion
work, handiwork, doing, creation, performance, behaviour, conduct
2‘they recognized the need for local community action’
steps, measures, activity, movement, work, working, effort, exertion, operation
3‘he was a patriot and a man of action’
energy, vitality, vigour, forcefulness, drive, push, ambition, motivation, initiative, spirit, liveliness, vim, pep
informal get-up-and-go, punch, zip, pizzazz
4‘they observed the action of hormones on the pancreas’
effect, influence, power, working, work
5‘he missed all the action while he was away’
excitement, activity, bustle
happenings, occurrences, proceedings, events, incidents, episodes, eventualities, chain of events
6‘the men saw action in World War II’
fighting, hostilities, battle, conflict, armed conflict, combat, warfare, war, bloodshed
engagement, clash, encounter, confrontation, skirmish, affray
7‘he won his action but the damages awarded were nominal’
lawsuit, legal action, suit, suit at law, case, cause, prosecution, litigation, legal dispute, legal contest
proceedings, legal proceedings, judicial proceedings
‘the company has worked on the plan for about two years and says it should be in action by April 1’
functioning, working, running, up and running, operative, in use, going
‘the group's Utah power station is out of action at the moment’
not working, not in working order, not functioning, broken, broken-down, out of order, out of service, out of commission, acting up, unserviceable, faulty, defective, non-functional, in disrepair
conked out, bust, kaput, gone kaput, gone phut, on the blink, gone haywire, shot
‘still, there is pressure to take action regarding food labels’
act, take steps, take measures, take the initiative, move, make a move, react, do something
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