Meaning of ACTION in English


Pronunciation: ' ak-sh ə n

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English accioun, from Anglo-French accion, from Latin action- , actio, from agere to do ― more at , AGENT

Date: 14th century

1 : the initiating of a proceeding in a court of justice by which one demands or enforces one's right also : the proceeding itself

2 : the bringing about of an alteration by force or through a natural agency

3 : the manner or method of performing: a : an actor's or speaker's deportment or expression by means of attitude, voice, and gesture b : the style of movement of the feet and legs (as of a horse) c : a function of the body or one of its parts

4 : an act of will

5 a : a thing done : DEED b : the accomplishment of a thing usually over a period of time, in stages, or with the possibility of repetition c plural : BEHAVIOR , CONDUCT <unscrupulous action s > d : INITIATIVE , ENTERPRISE <a man of action >

6 a (1) : an engagement between troops or ships (2) : combat in war <gallantry in action > b (1) : an event or series of events forming a literary composition (2) : the unfolding of the events of a drama or work of fiction : PLOT (3) : the movement of incidents in a plot c : the combination of circumstances that constitute the subject matter of a painting or sculpture

7 a : an operating mechanism b : the manner in which a mechanism or instrument operates

8 a : the price movement and trading volume of a commodity, security, or market b : the process of betting including the offering and acceptance of a bet and determination of a winner c : financial gain or an opportunity for financial gain <a piece of the action >

9 : sexual activity

10 : the most vigorous, productive, or exciting activity in a particular field, area, or group <they itch to go where the action is ― D. J. Henahan>

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.