Meaning of ACTION in English
transcription, транскрипция: [ ækʃ(ə)n ]
( actions, actioning, actioned)
Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.
Action is doing something for a particular purpose.
The government is taking emergency action to deal with a housing crisis...
N-UNCOUNT : usu with supp
An action is something that you do on a particular occasion.
Jack was the sort of man who did not like his actions questioned.
To bring a legal action against someone means to bring a case against them in a court of law. ( LEGAL )
Two leading law firms are to prepare legal actions against tobacco companies.
= suit, case
The action is all the important and exciting things that are happening in a situation. ( INFORMAL )
Hollywood is where the action is now.
N-SING : the N
The fighting which takes place in a war can be referred to as action .
Leaders in America have generally supported military action...
13 soldiers were killed and 10 wounded in action.
N-UNCOUNT : oft in N
An action movie is a film in which a lot of dangerous and exciting things happen. An action hero is the main character in one of these films.
ADJ : ADJ n
If you action something that needs to be done, you deal with it. ( BUSINESS )
Documents can be actioned, or filed immediately.
VERB : usu passive , be V-ed
If someone or something is out of action , they are injured or damaged and cannot work or be used.
He’s been out of action for 16 months with a serious knee injury...
PHRASE : v-link PHR , PHR after v
If someone wants to have a piece of the action or a slice of the action , they want to take part in an exciting activity or situation, usually in order to make money or become more important.
If you put an idea or policy into action , you begin to use it or cause it to operate.
They have learned the lessons of business management theory, and put them into action.
PHRASE : V inflects
Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне. 2006