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.



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

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