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1) action. The American HeritageŽ Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.
...1. The state or process of acting or doing: The medical team went into action. 2. Something done or accomplished; a deed. See Usage Note at act. 3. Organized activity...

2) action. Roget s II: The New Thesaurus, Third Edition. 1995.
...1. Something done: act, deed, doing, thing, work. See DO. 2. The process of doing: act. See ACTION. 3. The manner in which one behaves. Often used in plural: behavior,...

3) affirmative action. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
...affirmative action, in the United States, government programs to overcome the effects of past societal discrimination by allocating jobs and resources to members...

4) action. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993
...is commercial and administrative jargon: Action this report means Act on it, or take action on it. Avoid action as a verb. 1...

5) § 9. act / action. 3. Word Choice. The American Heritage Book of English Usage. 1996
...The words act and action both mean a deed and the process of doing. However, other senses of act, such as a decision made by a legislative body, and of action, such...

6) 680. Action. Mawson, C.O. Sylvester. 1922. Roget s International Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases
... NOUN: ACTION, performance; doing &c. v.; perpetration; exercise, exercitation; movement, operation, evolution, work, employment; labor (exertion) [See Exertion];...

7) act, action. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993
...These two have both overlapping and distinctive meanings. His generous action [act] was much appreciated illustrates synonymous use. An act may also be the thing...

8) class action. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
...class action, in law, a device that permits one or more persons to sue or be sued as representative of a large group of people interested in the matter at issue....

9) class action. The American HeritageŽ Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.
...or more plaintiffs on behalf of a large group of others who have a common interest. class-action (klasakshn) -ADJECTIVE...

10) political action committee. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
...political action committee, (PAC), U.S. organization formed by a corporation, labor union, or association to raise money for political activity. Funds can be gathered...

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