Meaning of ACTION in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈak-shən ]


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


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



(1) : an engagement between troops or ships

(2) : combat in war

gallantry in action


(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


a. : an operating mechanism

b. : the manner in which a mechanism or instrument operates


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's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.