- 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.
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 actions (2 of 2)
noun U.S. Government.
Origin of ACTION
Example sentences from the Web for actions
[These actions] call into question not only their judgment but how true the effort is to expanding into those communities.
“Internationally there has been a lot of horror and contempt for her actions, domestically very little,” he said.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays|Bel Trew|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Still, his conviction will restart a House Ethics Committee investigation into his actions.
The actions of North Korea this week should also send a clear message about the danger of this regime.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror|David Keyes|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“If a house is accused of problems such as sexual assault, then I believe that actions should take place on that house,” he says.
She smiled at them; but they did not return the salutation, and their actions made her more shy.The Girl from Montana|Grace Livingston Hill
He studied her closely and her actions and reactions intrigued him.Play the Game!|Ruth Comfort Mitchell
I would have preferred to remain silent about the actions of which I have told.My Attainment of the Pole|Frederick A. Cook
At this time, too, the drollery of their actions is very noticeable.
No one could say a word against any of their habits or actions.Curious, if True|Elizabeth Gaskell
British Dictionary definitions for actions
- 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 actions
Idioms and Phrases with actions
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