- 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.
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Idioms for 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
SYNONYMS FOR 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
Definition for action (2 of 2)
noun U.S. Government.
Origin of ACTION
Example sentences from the Web for action
This is where much of the action will be for anti-LGBT groups.
Consider Nurse-Family Partnership, one of the best examples of evidence in action.
That action ignited protests that rocked Wisconsin and spurred a recall—only the second recall of a governor in U.S. history.The Next Phase of the Koch Brothers’ War on Unions|Carl Deal and Tia Lessin|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is the right number for an action comedy which we want to have enough good action to work internationally.Inside Sony’s ‘Pineapple Express 2 Drama’: Leaked Emails Reveal Fight Over Stoner Comedy Sequel|William Boot|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But I am deeply concerned with the lack of progress in my case and feel that I must take some action.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike|IranWire|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I had been speculating on what plan of action he would adopt.The Uttermost Farthing|R. Austin Freeman
As fresh water exerts a very deadly influence on the Medus, this seems the most appropriate place for describing its action.
The commander does not, as yet, make a selection of one course of action in preference to another.Sound Military Decision|U.s. Naval War College
Here the mind passes in succession from the action of Lartius to that of Herminius and that of Horatius.The Ontario High School Reader|A.E. Marty
Sir Robert knitted his brows for a moment, and then decided on his course of action.A Butterfly on the Wheel|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
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
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