- an event or series of events that form part of a dramatic plot: the action of a scene.
- one of the three unities.Compare unity (def. 8).
- a proceeding instituted by one party against another.
- the right of bringing it.
- interesting or exciting activity, often of an illicit nature: He gave us some tips on where the action was.
- gambling or the excitement of gambling: The casino usually offers plenty of action.
- money bet in gambling, especially illegally.
- a religious ceremony, especially a Eucharistic service.
- the canon of the Mass.
- those parts of a service of worship in which the congregation participates.
OTHER WORDS FOR action
Idioms about action
- performing or taking part in a characteristic act: The school baseball team is in action tonight.
- working; functioning: His rescuing the child was bravery in action.
- to start doing something: As soon as we get his decision, we'll take action.
- to start a legal procedure.
Origin of action
synonym study for action
historical usage of action
Agere is from the same Proto-Indo-European root, ag- “to drive, lead, bring,” as Greek ágein “to lead, drive,” agōgós “a leader” (as in demagogue and pedagogue ). In Celtic, the participle aktos is the root of ambaktos, ambiaktos “one sent around, ambassador,” adopted from Gaulish into Latin as ambactus “servant, retainer.” Germanic adopted the Celtic word as ambachts “servant” in Gothic, ambacht in Old High German, and, much reduced, Amt “office, authority, post, duty” in German.
OTHER WORDS FROM actionac·tion·less, adjectivenon·ac·tion, nounpre·ac·tion, nounpro·ac·tion, adjective
Words nearby action
Other definitions for action (2 of 2)
Origin of ACTION
How to use action in a sentence
Rather, she advocated for affirmative action as a principle of equality of opportunity.Ruth Bader Ginsburg Forged A New Place For Women In The Law And Society|LGBTQ-Editor|September 23, 2020|No Straight News
That possibility represents the culmination of a decades-long plan of action by conservatives who specifically and deliberately targeted the nation’s courts.How Presidents Have Shaped The US Supreme Court – And Why The Choice Of Its Next Justice Is So Crucial|LGBTQ-Editor|September 23, 2020|No Straight News
Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni called the actions of two Asbury Park officers a “textbook definition of a breach of the position of trust.”
Bernstein said Wyatt’s actions helped the other hackers remain anonymous and that his phone account was used to send threatening text messages to relatives of victims.Hacker sentenced to 5 years for targeting U.S. companies|Verne Kopytoff|September 22, 2020|Fortune
Bank stocks had sharp losses Monday morning after a report alleged that several of them continue to profit from illicit dealings with criminal networks despite being previously fined for similar actions.
While this deferred action is controversial in the United States, in Mexico, what Obama did is universally popular.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This is where much of the action will be for anti-LGBT groups.
In 2008, Huckabee raised a little over $16 million, with less than $55,000 coming from political action committees.
The possibility that the same outcome could happen another way -- namely a guy asks me out -- keeps me from taking action.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating|Ellie Schaack|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But taking such action puts them at odds with the most powerful and best-organized segment of their coalition.
Let the thought of self pass in, and the beauty of great action is gone, like the bloom from a soiled flower.
He saw Gen. Braddock as he passed on to his defeat, and could give a succinct account of that sanguinary action.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
The wisdom of a scribe cometh by his time of leisure: and he that is less in action, shall receive wisdom.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
Words are often everywhere as the minute-hands of the soul, more important than even the hour-hands of action.
The action was at first a little confusing to Edna, but she soon lent herself readily to the Creole's gentle caress.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for action
- 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
- 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 secondsPlanck's constant of action
- a minor engagement
- fighting at sea or on landhe saw action in the war
Word Origin for action
Medical definitions for action
Other Idioms and Phrases with action
In addition to the idioms beginning with action
- actions speak louder than words
- all talk and no action
- piece of the action
- swing into action