What does action mean?

Definitions for action
ˈæk ʃənac·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. action(noun)

    something done (usually as opposed to something said)

    "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"

  2. action, activity, activeness(noun)

    the state of being active

    "his sphere of activity"; "he is out of action"

  3. military action, action(noun)

    a military engagement

    "he saw action in Korea"

  4. 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"

  5. action(noun)

    the series of events that form a plot

    "his novels always have a lot of action"

  6. action(noun)

    the trait of being active and energetic and forceful

    "a man of action"

  7. action, action mechanism(noun)

    the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism

    "the piano had a very stiff action"

  8. 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

  9. action(noun)

    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"

  10. action(verb)

    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"

  11. 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"

  12. 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"


  1. action(Noun)

    Something done so as to accomplish a purpose.

  2. action(Noun)

    A way of motion or functioning.

    Knead bread with a rocking action.

  3. action(Noun)

    A fast-paced activity.

    an action movie

  4. action(Noun)

    A mechanism; a moving part or assembly.

    a rifle action

  5. action(Noun)

    : 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.

  6. action(Noun)

    sexual intercourse.

    She gave him some action.

  7. action(Noun)

    The distance separating the strings and the fretboard on the guitar.

  8. action(Noun)


    He saw some action in the Korean War.

  9. action(Noun)

    A charge or other process in a law court (also called lawsuit and actio).

  10. action(Verb)

    To act on a request etc, in order to put it into effect.

  11. action(Verb)

    To initiate a legal action against someone.

  12. action(Noun)

    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.

  13. action(Interjection)

    Demanding or signifying the start of something, usually an act or scene of a theatric performance.

    The director yelled u2018Action!' before the camera started rolling.

  14. Origin: From accion, from action, from actio, from actus, perfect passive participle of ago, + action suffix -io; see act.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Action(noun)

    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

  2. Action(noun)

    an act; a thing done; a deed; an enterprise. (pl.): Habitual deeds; hence, conduct; behavior; demeanor

  3. Action(noun)

    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

  4. Action(noun)

    movement; as, the horse has a spirited action

  5. Action(noun)

    effective motion; also, mechanism; as, the breech action of a gun

  6. Action(noun)

    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

  7. Action(noun)

    gesticulation; the external deportment of the speaker, or the suiting of his attitude, voice, gestures, and countenance, to the subject, or to the feelings

  8. Action(noun)

    the attitude or position of the several parts of the body as expressive of the sentiment or passion depicted

  9. Action(noun)

    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

  10. Action(noun)

    a right of action; as, the law gives an action for every claim

  11. Action(noun)

    a share in the capital stock of a joint-stock company, or in the public funds; hence, in the plural, equivalent to stocks

  12. Action(noun)

    an engagement between troops in war, whether on land or water; a battle; a fight; as, a general action, a partial action

  13. Action(noun)

    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



    ACTION is a public bus service operating in Canberra, ACT, Australia. It is a division of the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate of the ACT Government. The Minister responsible for TAMS is Shane Rattenbury MLA and the Director of ACTION is James Roncon. Its name was derived as an acronym of Australian Capital Territory Internal Omnibus Network, but it is now officially known as ACTION. Other bus services in Canberra are operated by Deane's Transit Group and Royale Limousines. There are no other modes of public transport operating within the ACT.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Action

    ak′shun, n. a state of acting: activity in the abstract: a deed: operation: gesture: a battle: a lawsuit, or proceedings in a court: the movement of events in a drama, novel, &c.—adj. Ac′tionable, liable to a lawsuit.—n. Ac′tion-tak′ing (Shak.), resenting an injury by a lawsuit instead of fighting it out like a man of honour.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. action

    Synonymous with battle. Also a term in mechanics for the effort which one body exerts against another, or the effects resulting therefrom.--Action and reaction, the mutual, successive, contrary impulses of two bodies.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. action

    An engagement between two armies, or bodies of troops. The word is likewise used to signify some memorable act done by an officer, soldier, detachment, or party.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'action' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #404

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'action' in Written Corpus Frequency: #904

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'action' in Nouns Frequency: #104

Anagrams for action »

  1. atonic, cation

  2. Atonic

  3. Cation

How to pronounce action?

  1. Alex
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How to say action in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of action in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of action in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of action in a Sentence

  1. William Shakespeare:

    Action is eloquence.

  2. Peter Nivio Zarlenga:

    Action conquers fear.

  3. Kim Clements-Johnson:

    Red for Ed Action Day.

  4. Fernando Cheung:

    There will be more action.

  5. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Thought is the seed of action.

Images & Illustrations of action

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Translations for action

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  • optredeAfrikaans
  • عملArabic
  • ғәмәлBashkir
  • механизъм, екшън, действие, бой, дейност, сражение, движение, искBulgarian
  • accióCatalan, Valencian
  • čin, akce, žalobaCzech
  • Funktion, Bewegung, Klage, action, Handlung, Mechanismus, Aktion, KampfGerman
  • πράξη, αγωγή, πάμε, ενέργεια, δίωξη, κίνηση, δράσηGreek
  • acciónSpanish
  • teguEstonian
  • ژیرش, کنش, آکسیونPersian
  • toiminta, akti, teko, toimenpideFinnish
  • action, action en justice, mechanisme, action légaleFrench
  • gnìomhScottish Gaelic
  • acciónGalician
  • אקשן, מנגנון, פעולה, תביעה משפטית, מעשה, אופן פעולהHebrew
  • कार्यHindi
  • szerkezet, mozgás, kereset, akció, per, tett, csata, cselekedet, ütközetHungarian
  • հայց, գործողություն, արարք, կռիվ, շարժումArmenian
  • action, mechanismoInterlingua
  • tindakan, aksiIndonesian
  • azione, meccanismo, azione legaleItalian
  • 行動, 動作Japanese
  • āctiōLatin
  • കര്‍മ്മം, പ്രവൃത്തിMalayalam
  • aksi, tindakanMalay
  • werking, actie, handeling, mechanisme, bewegingDutch
  • czynność, akcjaPolish
  • ação, mecanismoPortuguese
  • acțiune, faptăRomanian
  • действие, работа, поступок, механизм, воздействие, движениеRussian
  • veprimAlbanian
  • action, handlingSwedish
  • amel, münasebet, eylemTurkish
  • hành độngVietnamese
  • 行動Chinese

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