action

[ ak-shuhn ]
/ ˈæk ʃən /
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noun

adjective

characterized by brisk or dynamic action: an action car; an action melodrama.

Idioms

Origin of action

1300–50; < Latin āctiōn- (stem of āctiō), equivalent to āct(us) (past participle; see act) + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English accioun < Anglo-French < Latin
SYNONYMS FOR action
ANTONYMS FOR action
Related formsac·tion·less, adjectivenon·ac·tion, nounpre·ac·tion, nounpro·ac·tion, adjective

Synonym study

2. Action, act, deed mean something done. Action applies especially to the doing, act to the result of the doing. An action usually lasts through some time and consists of more than one act: to take action on a petition. An act is single: an act of kindness. Deed emphasizes the finished or completed quality of an act; it may imply an act of some note, good or bad: an irrevocable deed; a deed of daring. 12. See battle1.
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British Dictionary definitions for proaction (1 of 2)

proaction

/ (prəʊˈækʃən) /

noun

action that initiates change as opposed to reaction to events

Word Origin for proaction

C20: from pro- ² + (re) action

British Dictionary definitions for proaction (2 of 2)

action

/ (ˈækʃən) /

noun

verb (tr)

to put into effect; take action concerningmatters decided at the meeting cannot be actioned until the following week

interjection

a command given by a film director to indicate that filming is to beginSee also cue 1 (def. 8)

Word Origin for action

C14: accioun, ultimately from Latin āctiōn-, stem of āctiō, from agere to do, act
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Word Origin and History for proaction

action


n.

mid-14c., "cause or grounds for a lawsuit," from Anglo-French accioun, Old French accion (12c.) "action, lawsuit, case," from Latin actionem (nominative actio) "a putting in motion; a performing, doing," noun of action from past participle stem of agere "to do" (see act (v.)). Sense of "something done, an act, deed" is late 14c. Meaning "fighting" is from c.1600. As a film director's command, it is attested from 1923. Meaning "excitement" is recorded from 1968. Phrase actions speak louder than words is attested from 1731.

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Medicine definitions for proaction

action

[ ăkshən ]

n.

The state or process of acting or doing.
A deed.
A change that occurs in the body or in a bodily organ as a result of its functioning.
Exertion of force or power.
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Idioms and Phrases with proaction

action


In addition to the idioms beginning with action

  • actions speak louder than words

also see:

  • all talk and no action
  • piece of the action
  • swing into action
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