Definitions for actionˈæk ʃən
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the process or state of acting or functioning; the state of being active:
We saw the team in action
something done or performed; act; deed.
a consciously willed act or activity.
practical, often organized activity undertaken to deal with or accomplish something:
a crisis that requires immediate action.
actions, habitual or usual acts; conduct.
a man of action.
an exertion of power or force:
the erosive action of wind.
effect or influence:
the action of morphine.
a change in organs, tissues, or cells leading to performance of a function, as in muscular contraction.
way or manner of moving:
the action of a horse.
the mechanism by which something is operated, as that of a gun or a piano.
a military encounter, as a battle or skirmish.
actual combat with enemy forces.
the main subject or story line of a literary or dramatic work.
an event or series of events that form part of a dramatic plot. one of the three dramatic unities. (used as a command by a motion-picture director to begin the performance of a scene for filming).
Category: Literature, Showbiz
Ref: Compare unity (def. 8). 8
the gestures or deportment of an actor or speaker.
a legal proceeding instituted by one party against another.
Slang. interesting or exciting activity, sometimes of an illicit nature. gambling activity.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)
Idioms for action:
piece of the action,Informal. a share of the proceeds or profits.
take action, to start doing something. to start a legal procedure.
Origin of action:
1300–50; < L āctiō=ag(ere) to drive, do, act+-tiō -tion
something done (usually as opposed to something said)
"there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
action, activity, activeness(noun)
the state of being active
"his sphere of activity"; "he is out of action"
military action, action(noun)
a military engagement
"he saw action in Korea"
natural process, natural action, action, activity(noun)
a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)
"the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
the series of events that form a plot
"his novels always have a lot of action"
the trait of being active and energetic and forceful
"a man of action"
action, action mechanism(noun)
the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism
"the piano had a very stiff action"
legal action, action, action at law(noun)
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
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"
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"
action, sue, litigate, process(verb)
institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against
"He was warned that the district attorney would process him"; "She actioned the company for discrimination"
carry through, accomplish, execute, carry out, action, fulfill, fulfil(verb)
put in effect
"carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
sth you do
We are all judged by our actions.
to do sth with a particular aim
to take action to reduce crime
doing a particular activity
You should see him in action.
unable to function due to damage or injury
a broken leg that put him out of action
missing in action
action and adventure movies
Something done so as to accomplish a purpose.
A way of motion or functioning.
Knead bread with a rocking action.
A fast-paced activity.
an action movie
A mechanism; a moving part or assembly.
a rifle action
: The mechanism, that is the set of moving mechanical parts, of a keyboard instrument, like a piano, which transfers the motion of the key to the sound-making device.
She gave him some action.
The distance separating the strings and the fretboard on the guitar.
He saw some action in the Korean War.
A charge or other process in a law court (also called lawsuit and actio).
To act on a request etc, in order to put it into effect.
To initiate a legal action against someone.
A homomorphism from a group to a group of automorphisms.
One of the earliest uses of groups, according to lore, was the study of the action of uE00013481uE001 on the equilateral triangle.
Demanding or signifying the start of something, usually an act or scene of a theatric performance.
The director yelled u2018Action!u2019 before the camera started rolling.
Origin: From accion, from action, from actio, from actus, perfect passive participle of ago, + action suffix -io; see act.
a process or condition of acting or moving, as opposed to rest; the doing of something; exertion of power or force, as when one body acts on another; the effect of power exerted on one body by another; agency; activity; operation; as, the action of heat; a man of action
an act; a thing done; a deed; an enterprise. (pl.): Habitual deeds; hence, conduct; behavior; demeanor
the event or connected series of events, either real or imaginary, forming the subject of a play, poem, or other composition; the unfolding of the drama of events
movement; as, the horse has a spirited action
effective motion; also, mechanism; as, the breech action of a gun
any one of the active processes going on in an organism; the performance of a function; as, the action of the heart, the muscles, or the gastric juice
gesticulation; the external deportment of the speaker, or the suiting of his attitude, voice, gestures, and countenance, to the subject, or to the feelings
the attitude or position of the several parts of the body as expressive of the sentiment or passion depicted
a suit or process, by which a demand is made of a right in a court of justice; in a broad sense, a judicial proceeding for the enforcement or protection of a right, the redress or prevention of a wrong, or the punishment of a public offense
a right of action; as, the law gives an action for every claim
a share in the capital stock of a joint-stock company, or in the public funds; hence, in the plural, equivalent to stocks
an engagement between troops in war, whether on land or water; a battle; a fight; as, a general action, a partial action
the mechanical contrivance by means of which the impulse of the player's finger is transmitted to the strings of a pianoforte or to the valve of an organ pipe
Translations for action
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
Action, not talking, is necessary if we are to defeat the enemy; Take action immediately; The firemen are ready to go into action.
- عَمَل، إجْرَاءArabic
- açãoPortuguese (BR)
- činy, jednání, akceCzech
- das HandelnGerman
- handling; aktionDanish
- δράση, ενέργειαGreek
- actuación, acciónSpanish
- اقدام؛ عملFarsi
- athöfn, verkIcelandic
- darbība; rīcībaLatvian
- gjerning, handling, aksjonNorwegian
- اقدام؛ عملPersian
- fapte; acţiuneRomanian
- čin, konanie, skutokSlovak
- handling, aktionSwedish
- iş, hareketTurkish
- 行動Chinese (Trad.)
- діяльність, роботаUkrainian
- hành độngVietnamese
- 行动Chinese (Simp.)
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