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ak shuhn

  • n  something done (usually as opposed to something said)
    there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions
  • n  the state of being active
    he is out of action
  • n  a military engagement
    he saw action in Korea
  • n  a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)
    the action of natural forces
  • n  the series of events that form a plot
    his novels always have a lot of action
  • n  the trait of being active and energetic and forceful
    a man of action
  • n  the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism
    the piano had a very stiff action
  • n  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
  • n  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
  • n  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
  • v  institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against
    She actioned the company for discrimination
  • v  put in effect
    He actioned the operation

  • In a split decision, the Supreme Court says that affirmative action is constitutional.
  • And an action choreographer is bound to keep the action coming, at whatever cost to logic or taste.
  • There's a new push for affirmative action by social class.
News & Articles


  • Barack Obama in Times Online
    Mr Obama said: "Should North Korea decide to take this action, we will work with all interested partners in the international community to take appropriate steps to let North Korea know that they cannot threaten the safety and stability of other...
  • David Petraeus in USA Today
    Indeed, it may get more intense in the next few months,he said. "As we take away the enemy's safe havens and reduce the enemy's freedom of action, the insurgents will fight back."
  • Ben Bernanke in Reuters
    In testimony to be delivered to a Senate committee and obtained by Reuters, Bernanke said, "Action by Congress is urgently required to stabilize the situation and avert what could otherwise be very serious consequences for our financial markets and...

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