1. Simple voluntary action


[Antonyms: inaction.]

[Nouns] action, performance; doing; perpetration; exercise, excitation; movement, operation, evolution, work; labor (exertion) [more]; praxis, execution; procedure (conduct) [more]; handicraft; business [more]; agency (power at work) [more].

deed, act, overt act, stitch, touch, gest transaction, job, doings, dealings, proceeding, measure, step, maneuver, bout, passage, move, stroke, blow; coup, coup de main, coup d'etat; tour de force (display) [more]; feat, exploit; achievement (completion) [more]; handiwork, workmanship; manufacture; stroke of policy (plan) [more].

actor (doer) [more].

[Verbs] do, perform, execute; achieve (complete) [more]; transact, enact; commit, perpetrate, inflict; exercise, prosecute, carry on, work, practice, play.

employ oneself, ply one's task; officiate, have in hand (business) [more]; labor [more]; be at work; pursue a course; shape one's course (conduct) [more].

act, operate; take action, take steps; strike a blow, lift a finger, stretch forth one's hand; take in hand (undertake) [more]; put oneself in motion; put in practice; carry into execution (complete) [more]; act upon.

be an actor [more]; take a part in, act a part in, play a part in, perform a part in; participate in; have a hand in, have a finger in the pie; have to do with; be a party to, be a participator in; bear a hand, lend a hand; pull an oar, run in a race; mix oneself up with (meddle) [more].

be in action; come into operation (power at work) [more].

[Adjectives] doing; acting; in action; in harness; on duty; in operation [more].

[Adverbs] in the act, in the midst of, in the thick of; red-handed, in flagrante delicto; while one's hand is in.

[Phrases] "action is eloquence" [Coriolanus]; actions speak louder than words; actum aiunt ne agas [Terence]; "awake, arise, or be forever fall'n" [Paradise Lost); dii pia facta vident [Ovid]; faire sams dire; fare fac; fronte capillata post est occasio calva; " our deeds are sometimes better than our thoughts" [Bailey]; "the great end of life is not knowledge but action [Huxley]; "thought is the soul of act" [R. Browning]; vivre-ce nest pas respirer c'est agir; "we live in deeds not years" [Bailey].

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