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I'm discussing a project where tasks require someone to review a list of items and mark an action associated with each one. When writing the project task lists I'm trying to say, "Note the associated action item with each item on this list", but that seems unnecessarily verbose. I'm hoping someone can recommend a single word that means "note associated action".

After looking at words like "annotate" and "instantiate" I'd like to say something similar to "Actionate this list". Is there a single verb I could use without making something up?

  • Why not qualify this list (with regard to which items are at what state of completion)? – Davo Jul 27 '17 at 19:13
  • What's wrong with "action"? Is there then a list of actions, e.g., Order parts, inspect, install, test? – Xanne Jul 28 '17 at 3:14
  • Maybe you need "approve action"? – Xanne Jul 28 '17 at 3:15
  • Probably "authorize" – Xanne Jul 28 '17 at 3:31
  • Can you give some examples? To specify the relationship between the list items and the actions. – HenryJekyll1886 Jul 28 '17 at 14:06
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The term operationalize is used for the general sense of taking something "fuzzy" (conceptual) and defining it in operational terms (how will you know it when you see it? How do you expect it to be accomplished?).

You have a list of tasks that sound like generic descriptions for pieces of the project. Associating them with specific actions defines them operationally -- exactly what is meant by the task, the scope of what is entailed, what action will accomplish the task, how you will determine that it has been completed.

"Operationalize" is used in a variety of specialties, and the definition in each specialty is slightly different, but the basic meaning is essentially the same. See for example Oxford Dictionary, #2, or this discussion in Explorable.com.

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