- 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
OPPOSITES 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
Other definitions for action (2 of 2)
Origin of ACTION
How to use action in a sentence
Plus, expect outside players to take actions related to the conflict.In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead|Dean Obeidallah|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
[These actions] call into question not only their judgment but how true the effort is to expanding into those communities.GOP Boss Gets Help From ‘White Hate’ Pal|Tim Mak|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“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
Therefore, some Democrats are under pressure to take policy actions their union allies oppose.How Public Sector Unions Divide the Democrats|Daniel DiSalvo|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now, the recent actions of ISIS and Boko Haram are drawing attention to the role of human trafficking.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism|Louise I. Shelley|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Men's probable actions are calculated by the law of reason; but their performance is usually the result of caprice.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
Yet he neither wishes the auditors to counsel or advise or influence him, nor that a word be said about his actions.
Many of the pneumatic actions made to-day, however, are disappointing in these particulars.
Undoubtedly the first improvements to be named must be the pneumatic and electro-pneumatic actions.
Without the use of these actions most of the advances we are about to chronicle would not have been effected.
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
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