action


action
action 1 Action, act, deed agree in designating something done or effected.
Action refers primarily to the process of acting; act and deed to the result, the thing done. An action is usually regarded as occupying some time and involving more than one step; an act is more frequently thought of as momentary or instantaneous and as individual
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the rescue of a shipwrecked crew is a heroic action; the launching of the lifeboat, a brave act

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a course of action

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the springs of action

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an act of vengeance

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caught in the act

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In the plural action has frequently an ethical connotation and is loosely synonymous with conduct
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by him [the Lord] actions are weighed—/ Sam 2:3

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only the actions of the just smell sweet and blossom in their dust— Shirley

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Deed refers to a thing as done; it invariably presupposes intelligence and responsibility in the agent and therefore often connotes, as act does not, illustriousness or achievement
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the deed is worthy doing— Shak.

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what, are my deeds forgot?— Shak.

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little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love— Wordsworth

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Deed is frequently opposed to word, as act to thought
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take the word for the deed

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I ’ll endeavour deeds to match these words— Shak.

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be great in act, as you have been in thought— ShaL

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Analogous words: *process, proceeding, procedure: performance, execution, fulfillment (see corresponding verbs at PERFORM): activity, operation, work, behavior, reaction (see corresponding verbs at ACT)
2 cause, case, *suit, lawsuit
3 *battle, engagement
Analogous words: combat, conflict, fight, fray, affray, *contest: *encounter, skirmish, brush

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