Definition of Action in English :

Define Action in English

Action meaning in English

Meaning of Action in English

Pronunciation of Action in English

Action pronunciation in English

Pronounce Action in English


see synonyms of action


1. action

something done (usually as opposed to something said)

Example Sentences:
'there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions'

2. action, activeness, activity

the state of being active

Example Sentences:
'his sphere of activity'
'he is out of action'

3. action, military action

a military engagement

Example Sentences:
'he saw action in Korea'

4. action, activity, natural action, natural process

a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)

Example Sentences:
'the action of natural forces'
'volcanic activity'

5. action

the series of events that form a plot

Example Sentences:
'his novels always have a lot of action'

6. action

the trait of being active and energetic and forceful

Example Sentences:
'a man of action'

7. action, action mechanism

the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism

Example Sentences:
'the piano had a very stiff action'

8. action, action at law, legal action

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

an act by a government body or supranational organization

Example Sentences:
'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

the most important or interesting work or activity in a specific area or field

Example Sentences:
'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, litigate, process, sue

institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against

Example Sentences:
'He was warned that the district attorney would process him'
'She actioned the company for discrimination'

12. accomplish, action, carry out, carry through, execute, fulfil, fulfill

put in effect

Example Sentences:
'carry out a task'
'execute the decision of the people'
'He actioned the operation'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of action
the state or process of doing something or being active; operation
something done, such as an act or deed
movement or posture during some physical activity
activity, force, or energy
a man of action
5. (usually plural)
conduct or behaviour
6. law
a legal proceeding brought by one party against another, seeking redress of a wrong or recovery of what is due; lawsuit
the right to bring such a proceeding
the operating mechanism, esp in a piano, gun, watch, etc
(of a guitar) the distance between the strings and the fingerboard
(of keyboard instruments) the sensitivity of the keys to touch
the force applied to a body
the reaction is equal and opposite to the action
the way in which something operates or works
12.  out of action
13. physics
a property of a system expressed as twice the mean kinetic energy of the system over a given time interval multiplied by the time interval
the product of work or energy and time, usually expressed in joule seconds
Planck's constant of action
the events that form the plot of a story, film, play, or other composition
15. military
a minor engagement
fighting at sea or on land
he saw action in the war
16. philosophy
behaviour which is voluntary and explicable in terms of the agent's reasons, as contrasted with that which is coerced or determined causally
17. British short for industrial action
18. informal
the profits of an enterprise or transaction (esp in the phrase a piece of the action)
19. slang
the main activity, esp social activity
verb (transitive)
to put into effect; take action concerning
matters decided at the meeting cannot be actioned until the following week
a command given by a film director to indicate that filming is to begin
See also cue1 (sense 8)

Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers


see synonyms of action
a federal agency established in 1971 to supervise all U.S. government programs and agencies for volunteers, as the Peace Corps, VISTA, etc.
the doing of something; state of being in motion or of working
an act or thing done
3.  [pl.]
behavior; habitual conduct
habitual activity characterized by energy and boldness
a man of action
the effect produced by something
the action of a drug
the way of moving, working, etc., as of a machine, an organ of the body, etc.
the moving parts or mechanism, as of a gun, piano, etc.
the sequence of happenings in a story or play; plot
any of such happenings
such happenings when exciting
a legal proceeding by which one seeks to have a wrong put right; lawsuit
a military encounter
military combat in general
the appearance of animation in a painting, sculpture, etc.
12.  Slang
activity or excitement; specif., gambling activity

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of action
1. The state or process of acting or doing: The medical team went into action.
2. Something that is done or accomplished; a deed. See Usage Note at act.
3. Organized activity to accomplish an objective: a problem requiring drastic action.
4. The causation of change by the exertion of power or a natural process: the action of waves on a beach; the action of a drug on blood pressure.
5. Habitual or vigorous activity; energy: a woman of action.
6. often actions Behavior or conduct.
7. Law A proceeding brought before a court to obtain relief; a lawsuit.
a. Armed encounter; combat: missing in action.
b. An engagement between troops or ships: fought a rear-guard action.
9. The most important or exciting work or activity in a specific field or area: always heads for where the action is.
a. A movement or a series of movements, as of an actor.
b. Manner of movement: a horse with fine action.
c. The appearance of animation of a figure in painting or sculpture.
a. The series of events and episodes that form the plot of a story or play: The action of the novel takes place over 40 years in the South.
b. A series or number of fast-moving, exciting, or dangerous events, especially in a movie: liked the film because there was so much action.
a. The operating parts of a mechanism.
b. The manner in which such parts operate.
c. The manner in which a musical instrument can be played; playability: a piano with quick action.

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