Definition of action
< Middle English accion < Old French action < Latin actio ("doing or making") < perfect passive participle actus ("deed") < verb agere ("to do, act") + action suffix -io; see act.
action (plural actions)
- 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
- (music): The set of moving mechanical parts in a keyboard instrument which transfer the motion of the key to the sound-making device.
- (slang) sexual intercourse.
She gave him some action.
- The distance separating the strings and the fretboard on the guitar.
- (military) Combat.
He saw some action in the Korean War.
- (law) A charge or other process in a law court.
terms derived from action (noun)
- social action
- action hero
- action item
- action man
- actions speak louder than words
- direct action
- lights, camera, action!
- take action
terms related to action (noun)
- Demanding or signifying the start of something, usually an act or scene of a theatric performance.
The director yelled ‘Action!' before the camera started rolling.
to action (third-person singular simple present actions, present participle actioning, simple past and past participle actioned)
- (transitive, management) To act on a request etc, in order to put it into effect.
- The verb sense to action is rejected by some usage authorities.
- OED 2nd edition 1989
- "She Literally Exploded : The Daily Telegraph Infuriating Phrasebook", Christopher Howse and Richard Preston (Constable‧London, 2007; ISBN 978‒1‒84529‒675‒9), page 3
- action in Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- action in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- Alphagram: acinot
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