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ac·tion

 (ăk′shən)
n.
1. The state or process of acting or doing: The medical team went into action.
2. Something that is done or accomplished; a deed. See Usage Note at act.
3. Organized activity to accomplish an objective: a problem requiring drastic action.
4. The causation of change by the exertion of power or a natural process: the action of waves on a beach; the action of a drug on blood pressure.
5. Habitual or vigorous activity; energy: a woman of action.
6. often actions Behavior or conduct.
7. Law A proceeding brought before a court to obtain relief; a lawsuit.
8.
a. Armed encounter; combat: missing in action.
b. An engagement between troops or ships: fought a rear-guard action.
9. The most important or exciting work or activity in a specific field or area: always heads for where the action is.
10.
a. A movement or a series of movements, as of an actor.
b. Manner of movement: a horse with fine action.
c. The appearance of animation of a figure in painting or sculpture.
11.
a. The series of events and episodes that form the plot of a story or play: The action of the novel takes place over 40 years in the South.
b. A series or number of fast-moving, exciting, or dangerous events, especially in a movie: liked the film because there was so much action.
12.
a. The operating parts of a mechanism.
b. The manner in which such parts operate.
c. The manner in which a musical instrument can be played; playability: a piano with quick action.

ac′tion·less adj.

action

(ˈækʃən)
n
1. the state or process of doing something or being active; operation
2. something done, such as an act or deed
3. movement or posture during some physical activity
4. activity, force, or energy: a man of action.
5. (usually plural) conduct or behaviour
6. (Law) law
a. a legal proceeding brought by one party against another, seeking redress of a wrong or recovery of what is due; lawsuit
b. the right to bring such a proceeding
7. (Mechanical Engineering) the operating mechanism, esp in a piano, gun, watch, etc
8. (Instruments) (of a guitar) the distance between the strings and the fingerboard
9. (Instruments) (of keyboard instruments) the sensitivity of the keys to touch
10. (Mechanical Engineering) the force applied to a body: the reaction is equal and opposite to the action.
11. the way in which something operates or works
12. out of action not functioning
13. (General Physics) physics
a. a property of a system expressed as twice the mean kinetic energy of the system over a given time interval multiplied by the time interval
b. the product of work or energy and time, usually expressed in joule seconds: Planck's constant of action.
14. the events that form the plot of a story, film, play, or other composition
15. (Military) military
a. a minor engagement
b. fighting at sea or on land: he saw action in the war.
16. (Philosophy) philosophy behaviour which is voluntary and explicable in terms of the agent's reasons, as contrasted with that which is coerced or determined causally
17. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) Brit short for industrial action
18. informal the profits of an enterprise or transaction (esp in the phrase a piece of the action)
19. slang the main activity, esp social activity
vb (tr)
to put into effect; take action concerning: matters decided at the meeting cannot be actioned until the following week.
interj
(Film) a command given by a film director to indicate that filming is to begin. See also cue18
[C14: accioun, ultimately from Latin āctiōn-, stem of āctiō, from agere to do, act]

ac•tion

(ˈæk ʃən)

n.
1. the process or state of acting or functioning; the state of being active: We saw the team in action.
2. something done or performed; act; deed.
3. a consciously willed act or activity.
4. practical, often organized activity undertaken to deal with or accomplish something: a crisis that requires immediate action.
5. actions, habitual or usual acts; conduct.
6. energetic activity: a man of action.
7. an exertion of power or force: the erosive action of wind.
8. effect or influence: the action of morphine.
9. a change in organs, tissues, or cells leading to performance of a function, as in muscular contraction.
10. way or manner of moving: the action of a horse.
11. the mechanism by which something is operated, as that of a gun or a piano.
12. a military encounter, as a battle or skirmish.
13. actual combat with enemy forces.
14. the main subject or story line of a literary or dramatic work.
15.
a. an event or series of events that form part of a dramatic plot.
b. one of the three dramatic unities. Compare unity (def. 8).
c. (used as a command by a motion-picture director to begin the performance of a scene for filming).
16. the gestures or deportment of an actor or speaker.
17. a legal proceeding instituted by one party against another.
18. Slang.
a. interesting or exciting activity, sometimes of an illicit nature.
b. gambling activity.
Idioms:
1. piece of the action, Informal. a share of the proceeds or profits.
2. take action,
a. to start doing something.
b. to start a legal procedure.
[1300–50; < Latin āctiō=ag(ere) to drive, do, act + -tiō -tion]
ac′tion•less, adj.

action


Past participle: actioned
Gerund: actioning

Imperative
action
action
Present
I action
you action
he/she/it actions
we action
you action
they action
Preterite
I actioned
you actioned
he/she/it actioned
we actioned
you actioned
they actioned
Present Continuous
I am actioning
you are actioning
he/she/it is actioning
we are actioning
you are actioning
they are actioning
Present Perfect
I have actioned
you have actioned
he/she/it has actioned
we have actioned
you have actioned
they have actioned
Past Continuous
I was actioning
you were actioning
he/she/it was actioning
we were actioning
you were actioning
they were actioning
Past Perfect
I had actioned
you had actioned
he/she/it had actioned
we had actioned
you had actioned
they had actioned
Future
I will action
you will action
he/she/it will action
we will action
you will action
they will action
Future Perfect
I will have actioned
you will have actioned
he/she/it will have actioned
we will have actioned
you will have actioned
they will have actioned
Future Continuous
I will be actioning
you will be actioning
he/she/it will be actioning
we will be actioning
you will be actioning
they will be actioning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been actioning
you have been actioning
he/she/it has been actioning
we have been actioning
you have been actioning
they have been actioning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been actioning
you will have been actioning
he/she/it will have been actioning
we will have been actioning
you will have been actioning
they will have been actioning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been actioning
you had been actioning
he/she/it had been actioning
we had been actioning
you had been actioning
they had been actioning
Conditional
I would action
you would action
he/she/it would action
we would action
you would action
they would action
Past Conditional
I would have actioned
you would have actioned
he/she/it would have actioned
we would have actioned
you would have actioned
they would have actioned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.action - something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
human action, human activity, act, deed - something that people do or cause to happen
thing - an action; "how could you do such a thing?"
benignity, kindness - a kind act
accomplishment, achievement - the action of accomplishing something
alienation - the action of alienating; the action of causing to become unfriendly; "his behavior alienated the other students"
application - the action of putting something into operation; "the application of maximum thrust"; "massage has far-reaching medical applications"; "the application of indexes to tables of data"
res gestae - things done
course of action, course - a mode of action; "if you persist in that course you will surely fail"; "once a nation is embarked on a course of action it becomes extremely difficult for any retraction to take place"
interaction - a mutual or reciprocal action; interacting
fetch - the action of fetching
playing - the action of taking part in a game or sport or other recreation
swordplay, play - the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully
arrival - the act of arriving at a certain place; "they awaited her arrival"
carrying into action, carrying out, execution, performance - the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it; "they criticised his performance as mayor"; "experience generally improves performance"
selection, choice, option, pick - the act of choosing or selecting; "your choice of colors was unfortunate"; "you can take your pick"
change - the action of changing something; "the change of government had no impact on the economy"; "his change on abortion cost him the election"
saving, economy - an act of economizing; reduction in cost; "it was a small economy to walk to work every day"; "there was a saving of 50 cents"
forbiddance, inhibition, prohibition - the action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding (or an instance thereof); "they were restrained by a prohibition in their charter"; "a medical inhibition of alcoholic beverages"; "he ignored his parents' forbiddance"
opposition, resistance - the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with; "he encountered a general feeling of resistance from many citizens"; "despite opposition from the newspapers he went ahead"
bruxism - involuntarily or unconsciously clenching or grinding the teeth, typically during sleep
transfusion - the action of pouring a liquid from one vessel to another
pickings, taking - the act of someone who picks up or takes something; "the pickings were easy"; "clothing could be had for the taking"
transgression - the action of going beyond or overstepping some boundary or limit
aggression, hostility - violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked
destabilisation, destabilization - the action of destabilizing; making something less stable (especially of a government or country or economy)
employment, engagement - the act of giving someone a job
civility, politeness - the act of showing regard for others
reverence - an act showing respect (especially a bow or curtsy)
consultation, reference - the act of referring or consulting; "reference to an encyclopedia produced the answer"
accenting, emphasizing, accentuation - the act of giving special importance or significance to something
beatification - the action of rendering supremely blessed and extremely happy
jumpstart, jump-start - starting an automobile engine that has a weak battery by means of jumper cables to another car; "my battery was dead so I had to get a jumpstart from my neighbor"
stupefaction - the action of stupefying; making dull or lethargic; "the professor was noted for his stupefaction of the students"
vampirism - the actions or practices of a vampire
2.action - the state of being activeaction - the state of being active; "his sphere of activity"; "he is out of action"
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
agency - the state of being in action or exerting power; "the agency of providence"; "she has free agency"
busyness, hum - the state of being or appearing to be actively engaged in an activity; "they manifested all the busyness of a pack of beavers"; "there is a constant hum of military preparation"
behaviour, behavior - the action or reaction of something (as a machine or substance) under specified circumstances; "the behavior of small particles can be studied in experiments"
eructation, extravasation, eruption - (of volcanos) pouring out fumes or lava (or a deposit so formed)
operation - the state of being in effect or being operative; "that rule is no longer in operation"
overdrive - the state of high or excessive activity or productivity or concentration; "Troops are ready to go into overdrive as soon as the signal is given"; "Melissa's brain was in overdrive"
play - a state in which action is feasible; "the ball was still in play"; "insiders said the company's stock was in play"
swing - a state of steady vigorous action that is characteristic of an activity; "the party went with a swing"; "it took time to get into the swing of things"
inaction, inactiveness, inactivity - the state of being inactive
3.action - a military engagementaction - a military engagement; "he saw action in Korea"
amphibious landing - a military action of coordinated land, sea, and air forces organized for an invasion; "MacArthur staged a massive amphibious landing behind enemy lines"
battle, engagement, fight, conflict - a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war; "Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga"; "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"
blockade, encirclement - a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy
defense, defensive measure, defence - (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies; "they died in the defense of Stalingrad"; "they were developed for the defense program"
electronic warfare, EW - military action involving the use of electromagnetic energy to determine or exploit or reduce or prevent hostile use of the electromagnetic spectrum
police action - a local military action without declaration of war; against violators of international peace and order
resistance - the military action of resisting the enemy's advance; "the enemy offered little resistance"
saber rattling, sabre rattling - the ostentatious display of military power (with the implied threat that it might be used)
sortie, sally - a military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their position
war, warfare - the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; "thousands of people were killed in the war"
group action - action taken by a group of people
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
4.action - a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)action - a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
physical process, process - a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states; "events now in process"; "the process of calcification begins later for boys than for girls"
radiation - the spread of a group of organisms into new habitats
absorption - (physics) the process in which incident radiated energy is retained without reflection or transmission on passing through a medium; "the absorption of photons by atoms or molecules"
acidification - the process of becoming acid or being converted into an acid
adiabatic process - (thermodynamics) any process that occurs without gain or loss of heat
aeration - the process of exposing to air (so as to purify); "the aeration of the soil"
antiredeposition - the process of preventing redeposition
capture - any process in which an atomic or nuclear system acquires an additional particle
capture - a process whereby a star or planet holds an object in its gravitational field
centrifugation - the process of separating substances of different densities by the use of a centrifuge
chemical action, chemical change, chemical process - (chemistry) any process determined by the atomic and molecular composition and structure of the substances involved
chromatography - a process used for separating mixtures by virtue of differences in absorbency
concretion - the formation of stonelike objects within a body organ (e.g., the kidneys)
condensation - the process of changing from a gaseous to a liquid or solid state
convection - (meteorology) the vertical movement of heat or other properties by massive motion within the atmosphere
clotting, coagulation, curdling - the process of forming semisolid lumps in a liquid
decay - the process of gradually becoming inferior
demagnetisation, demagnetization - the process of removing magnetization
desorption - changing from an adsorbed state on a surface to a gaseous or liquid state
diffusion - (physics) the process in which there is movement of a substance from an area of high concentration of that substance to an area of lower concentration
dissolution, disintegration - separation into component parts
distillation, distillment - the process of purifying a liquid by boiling it and condensing its vapors
drift - the gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane)
effervescence - the process of bubbling as gas escapes
cataphoresis, dielectrolysis, electrophoresis, ionophoresis - the motion of charged particles in a colloid under the influence of an electric field; particles with a positive charge go to the cathode and negative to the anode
ecesis, establishment - (ecology) the process by which a plant or animal becomes established in a new habitat
extinction - the reduction of the intensity of radiation as a consequence of absorption and radiation
extraction - the process of obtaining something from a mixture or compound by chemical or physical or mechanical means
feedback - the process in which part of the output of a system is returned to its input in order to regulate its further output
filtration - the process whereby fluids pass through a filter or a filtering medium
flocculation - the process of flocculating; forming woolly cloudlike aggregations
flow - any uninterrupted stream or discharge
formation - natural process that causes something to form; "the formation of gas in the intestine"; "the formation of crystals"; "the formation of pseudopods"
fossilisation, fossilization - the process of fossilizing a plant or animal that existed in some earlier age; the process of being turned to stone
geologic process, geological process - (geology) a natural process whereby geological features are modified
curing, solidification, solidifying, hardening, set - the process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization; "the hardening of concrete"; "he tested the set of the glue"
inactivation - the process of rendering inactive; "the gene inactivation system"; "thermal inactivation of serum samples"
ion exchange - a process in which ions are exchanged between a solution and an insoluble (usually resinous) solid; widely used in industrial processing
ionisation, ionization - the process of ionizing; the formation of ions by separating atoms or molecules or radicals or by adding or subtracting electrons from atoms by strong electric fields in a gas
leach, leaching - the process of leaching
magnetic induction, magnetisation, magnetization - the process that makes a substance magnetic (temporarily or permanently)
5.action - the series of events that form a plot; "his novels always have a lot of action"
plot - the story that is told in a novel or play or movie etc.; "the characters were well drawn but the plot was banal"
6.action - the trait of being active and energetic and forcefulaction - the trait of being active and energetic and forceful; "a man of action"
drive - the trait of being highly motivated; "his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"
7.action - the operating part that transmits power to a mechanismaction - the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism; "the piano had a very stiff action"
gun - a weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity (especially from a metal tube or barrel)
firing mechanism, gunlock - the action that ignites the charge in a firearm
key - a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed
keyboard - device consisting of a set of keys on a piano or organ or typewriter or typesetting machine or computer or the like
mechanism - device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function
movement - the driving and regulating parts of a mechanism (as of a watch or clock); "it was an expensive watch with a diamond movement"
piano action - action consisting of a system of levers that move a felt hammer to strike the strings when a key is depressed
pump action, slide action - action mechanism in a modern rifle or shotgun; a back and forward motion of a sliding lever ejects the empty shell case and cocks the firearm and loads a new round
8.action - a judicial proceeding brought by one party against anotheraction - a judicial proceeding brought by one party against another; one party prosecutes another for a wrong done or for protection of a right or for prevention of a wrong
antitrust case - a legal action brought against parties who are charged with limiting free competition in the market place
civil action - legal action to protect a private civil right or to compel a civil remedy (as distinguished from criminal prosecution)
counterclaim - a claim filed in opposition to another claim in a legal action
custody case - a legal action to determine custody (usually of children following a divorce)
lis pendens - a pending lawsuit
legal proceeding, proceeding, proceedings - (law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked
criminal prosecution, prosecution - the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior
test case, test suit - a representative legal action whose outcome is likely to become a precedent
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
9.action - an act by a government body or supranational organizationaction - an act by a government body or supranational organization; "recent federal action undermined the segregationist position"; "the United Nations must have the power to propose and organize action without being hobbled by irrelevant issues"; "the Union action of emancipating Southern slaves"
group action - action taken by a group of people
10.action - the most important or interesting work or activity in a specific area or field; "the action is no longer in technology stocks but in municipal bonds"; "gawkers always try to get as close to the action as possible"
work - activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
Verb1.action - institute legal proceedings againstaction - institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against; "He was warned that the district attorney would process him"; "She actioned the company for discrimination"
challenge - issue a challenge to; "Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"
expedite - process fast and efficiently; "I will try to expedite the matter"
litigate - engage in legal proceedings
2.action - put in effectaction - put in effect; "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation"
complete, finish - come or bring to a finish or an end; "He finished the dishes"; "She completed the requirements for her Master's Degree"; "The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours; others finished in over 4 hours"
follow out, follow up, put through, carry out, follow through, implement, go through - pursue to a conclusion or bring to a successful issue; "Did he go through with the treatment?"; "He implemented a new economic plan"; "She followed up his recommendations with a written proposal"
get over - to bring (a necessary but unpleasant task) to an end; "Let's get this job over with"; "It's a question of getting over an unpleasant task"
run - carry out; "run an errand"
consummate - make perfect; bring to perfection
consummate - fulfill sexually; "consummate a marriage"
effect, effectuate, set up - produce; "The scientists set up a shock wave"
do, perform - get (something) done; "I did my job"
discharge, dispatch, complete - complete or carry out; "discharge one's duties"

action

noun
1. deed, move, act, performance, blow, exercise, achievement, stroke, undertaking, exploit, feat, accomplishment, exertion He was the sort of man who didn't like his actions questioned.
2. measure, act, step, operation, manoeuvre The government is taking emergency action to deal with the crisis.
3. lawsuit, case, cause, trial, suit, argument, proceeding, dispute, contest, prosecution, litigation a libel action brought by one of the country's top bureaucrats
4. energy, activity, spirit, force, vitality, vigour, liveliness, vim Hollywood is where the action is now.
5. effect, working, work, force, power, process, effort, operation, activity, movement, influence, functioning, motion, exertion Her description of the action of poisons is very accurate.
plural noun
1. behaviour, ways, bearing, conduct, manners, manner, demeanour, deportment, comportment He showed no remorse for his actions.
Quotations
"An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory" [Friedrich Engels]
Proverbs
"Actions speak louder than words"

action

noun
1. The process of doing:
2. Something done:
3. The manner in which one behaves.Often used in plural:
4. A legal proceeding to demand justice or enforce a right:
5. A hostile encounter between opposing military forces:
Translations
أحْدَاث المَسْرَحِيَّهحَرَكَةدَعْوَى قَضَائِيَّهعَمَل، إجْرَاءفِعْل
движениедействиемеханизъм
akcežalobabitvabojčin
handlingkamphandlingsagsanlægaktionbevægelse
tegu
tekotoimenpidetoiminta
אופן פעולהמנגנוןתביעה משפטית
radnja
akciócsatacselekedetcselekvéskereset
atburîarásathöfn, verkhreyfingmálshöfîunorrusta
活動
활동
bylajudėjimasmūšisneveikiantisveikiantis
darbībakaujakustībaprāvarīcība
dejkonaniežaloba
akcijadejanje
actionåtgärdhandling
การกระทำ
hành động

action

[ˈækʃən]
A. N
1. (= activity) the time has come for actionha llegado el momento de hacer algo or de actuar
when shall we get some action on this?¿cuándo se va a hacer algo al respecto?
into action they went into action to rescue the climbersintervinieron para rescatar a los alpinistas
to put a plan into actionponer un plan en práctica or en marcha
emergency procedures will be put into actionlas medidas de emergencia serán puestas en marcha
a man of actionun hombre de acción
to be out of action [machinery] → no funcionar, estar averiado
the lifts are out of actionlos ascensores no funcionan or están averiados
"out of action"no funciona, fuera de servicio
he was out of action for monthsestuvo sin poder hacer nada durante meses
the illness put him out of action for six monthsla enfermedad lo dejó seis meses fuera de combate
action stations!¡a sus puestos!
see also disciplinary, freedom, industrial
2. (= steps) → medidas fpl
emergency actionmedidas fpl de emergencia
to take action against sb/sthtomar medidas contra algn/algo
their advice is to take no actionaconsejan no hacer nada
3. (= deed) → acto m
he wasn't responsible for his actionsno era responsable de sus actos
to judge sb by his actionsjuzgar a algn por sus actos or acciones
to suit the action to the wordunir la acción a la palabra
actions speak louder than wordsobras son amores, que no buenas razones
4. (= excitement) → animación f, marcha f
they were hoping to find some actionesperaban encontrar algo de animación, esperaban encontrar algo de marcha
where's the action in this town?¿dónde está la marcha en este pueblo?
he likes to be where the action isle gusta estar en medio del meollo
a piece or slice of the actionuna tajada, una parte de los dividendos
5. (Mil) (= intervention) → intervención f; (= engagement) → contienda f, enfrentamiento m
we are trying to avoid military actionestamos tratando de evitar la intervención militar
we didn't know how many men we had lost until the action was overno supimos cuántos hombres habíamos perdido hasta que terminó la contienda or el enfrentamiento
to go into action [person, unit] → entrar en acción or en combate; [army, battleship] → entrar en acción
wounded/killed in actionherido/muerto en acción (de guerra) or en combate
to see actionluchar
6. (= mechanism) [of piano] → transmisión f; [of clock] → mecanismo m
7. (= motion) (gen) → movimiento m; [of horse] → marcha f
8. (= effect, operation) [of acid, drug, elements] → efecto m
stones worn smooth by the action of waterpiedras fpl erosionadas por efecto del agua
9. (Jur) (= measures) → acción f judicial; (= lawsuit) → proceso m judicial
the police are not taking any actionla policía no va a emprender ninguna acción judicial
to bring an action against sbcomenzar un proceso judicial contra algn
action for damagesdemanda f por daños y perjuicios
see also court D
see also legal A1
see also libel
10. (Theat, Cine) [of play] → acción f
the action (of the play) takes place in Greecela acción (de la obra) se desarrolla en Grecia
action! (Cine) → ¡acción!
11. (Phys) → acción f
C. CPD action committee Ncomité m de acción
action film Npelícula f de acción
action group Ngrupo m de acción
action man N (esp hum) → hombre m de acción
action movie N (US) = action film action painting Ntachismo m
action point Npunto m a seguir, acción f a tomar
action replay N (TV) → repetición f (de la jugada) (fig) → repetición f

action

[ˈækʃən] n
(= deed) → action f
He had a reason for his actions → Il avait une bonne raison pour ses actions.
actions speak louder than words → les actes sont plus éloquents que les paroles
(= steps, measures) → mesures fpl
We need government action to prevent these crimes → Nous avons besoin de mesures du gouvernement pour prévenir ces crimes.
to take action → agir, prendre des mesures
to take firm action against sb/sth → prendre des mesures énergiques contre qn/qch
to put sth into action → mettre qch en pratique
to put a plan into action → mettre un projet à exécution action plan, action committee, action group
(= excitement, things going on) → action f
The film was full of action → Il y avait beaucoup d'action dans le film.
the action → l'action
This is where all the action is → C'est là qu'est toute l'action.
to want a piece of the action, to want a slice of the action, to want some of the action → vouloir en être, vouloir être de la partie action man, action hero, action-packed
(MILITARY)combats mpl, combat m
military action → action f militaire
killed in action → mort(e) au combat, tué(e) au champ d'honneur
missing in action → disparu(e)
wounded in action → blessé(e) au combat
out of action [machine] → hors d'usage; [person] → hors de combat
(LAW)procès m, action f en justice
to bring an action against sb → poursuivre qn en justice, intenter un procès contre qnaction committee ncomité m d'actionaction group ngroupe m d'actionaction hero n (in film)acteur m dans des films d'actionaction man n (fig)aventurier maction movie nfilm m d'actionaction-packed [ˈækʃənpækt] adj [film] → plein(e) d'actionaction plan plan of action nplan m d'actionaction replay [ˌækʃənˈriːpleɪ] n (British)ralenti maction shot n (= scene in film) → scène f d'action (= photograph) → photo m de mouvementaction stations nplpostes mpl de combat

action

n
no pl (= activity)Handeln nt; (of play, novel etc)Handlung f; now is the time for actiondie Zeit zum Handeln ist gekommen; a man of actionein Mann der Tat; to take actionetwas or Schritte unternehmen; have you taken any action on his letter?haben Sie auf seinen Brief hin irgendetwas or irgendwelche Schritte unternommen?; course of actionVorgehen nt; “action” (on office tray) → zur Bearbeitung; no further actionkeine weiteren Maßnahmen; (label on file etc) → abgeschlossen; the action of the play/novel takes place …das Stück/der Roman spielt; action! (Film) → Achtung, Aufnahme!
(= deed)Tat f; his first action was to phone meals Erstes rief er mich an; to suit the action to the worddem Wort die Tat folgen lassen, sein Wort in die Tat umsetzen; actions speak louder than words (Prov) → die Tat wirkt mächtiger als das Wort (prov)
(= motion, operation) in/out of actionin/nicht in Aktion; machinein/außer Betrieb; (= operational)einsatzfähig/nicht einsatzfähig; to go into actionin Aktion treten; to put a plan into actioneinen Plan in die Tat umsetzen; to put out of actionaußer Gefecht setzen; he’s been out of action since he broke his leger ist nicht mehr in Aktion gewesen or war nicht mehr einsatzfähig, seit er sich das Bein gebrochen hat; he needs prodding into actionman muss ihm immer erst einen Stoß geben
(= exciting events)Action f (sl); there’s no action in this filmin dem Film passiert nichts, dem Film fehlt die Action (inf); a novel full of actionein handlungsreicher Roman; let’s have some action! (inf)lass uns mal was unternehmen; to go where the action is (inf)hingehen, wo was los ist (inf); that’s where the action is (inf)da ist was los (inf); he was out looking for action (inf)er wollte was erleben (inf)
(Mil) (= fighting)Aktionen pl; (= battle)Kampf m, → Gefecht nt; enemy actionfeindliche Handlungen or Aktionen pl; killed in actiongefallen; he saw action in the deserter war in der Wüste im Einsatz; the first time they went into actionbei ihrem ersten Einsatz; they never once went into actionsie kamen nie zum Einsatz
(= way of operating) (of machine)Arbeitsweise f; (of piano etc)Mechanik f; (of watch, gun)Mechanismus m; (= way of moving) (of athlete etc)Bewegung f; (of horse)Aktion f; to hit with a smooth action (Sport) → ganz weich schlagen
(esp Chem, Phys: = effect) → Wirkung f (→ on auf +acc)
(Jur) → Klage f; to bring an action (against somebody)eine Klage (gegen jdn) anstrengen
(Fin inf) a piece or slice of the actionein Stück ntaus dem Kuchen (sl)

action

:
action committee
nAktionskomitee nt
action film
nActionfilm m
action group
action man
n (usu hum)Actionmann m (inf)
action movie
n (esp US) → Actionfilm m
action-packed
adj film, bookaktions- or handlungsgeladen
action painting
nAktion f
action replay
nWiederholung f
action stations
plStellung f; action!Stellung!; (fig)an die Plätze!
action woman
n (usu hum)Action-Frau f (inf)

action

[ˈækʃn] n
a. (doing) → azione f; (deed) → fatto, azione; (movement, of horse, athlete) → stile m; (effect, of acid, drug) → azione, effetto (Mil) → azione, combattimento (Tech) (of clock, machine) → meccanismo
to take action → passare all'azione, agire
to put a plan into action → realizzare un piano
to be out of action → essere fuori combattimento (machine) → non funzionare, essere fuori uso
killed in action (Mil) → ucciso/a in combattimento
b. (Law) → azione f legale, processo
to bring an action against sb (Law) → intentare causa contro qn

action

(ˈӕkʃən) noun
1. something done. Action, not talking, is necessary if we are to defeat the enemy; Take action immediately; The firemen are ready to go into action.
2. movement. Tennis needs a good wrist action.
3. a legal case. He brought an action for divorce against his wife.
4. the events (of a play, film etc). The action of the play takes place on an island.
5. a battle; fighting. He was killed in action; Our troops fought an action against the enemy.
in action
working. Is your machine still in action?
out of action
not working. My car's out of action this week.

action

فِعْل opatření handling Handlung δράση acción teko action radnja azione 活動 활동 actie handling działanie ação действие åtgärd การกระทำ eylem hành động 行动

ac·tion

n. acción, actuación.

action

n acción f
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There was a panic among some of the passengers, and a few excited men behaved in a way that caused prompt action on the part of the first officer, who drove them back to the main cabin under threat of a revolver.
If a young man with an idea can once get Jim Burden's attention, can manage to accompany him when he goes off into the wilds hunting for lost parks or exploring new canyons, then the money which means action is usually forthcoming.
The action was at first a little confusing to Edna, but she soon lent herself readily to the Creole's gentle caress.
Hawkeye made no other reply than by passing his finger around the crown of his head, in a manner so significant, that none who witnessed the action could mistake its meaning.
Of these my eldest son was one that fell in the action.
With a brief sketch, therefore, of the circumstances amid which the foundation of the house was laid, and a rapid glimpse at its quaint exterior, as it grew black in the prevalent east wind,--pointing, too, here and there, at some spot of more verdant mossiness on its roof and walls,--we shall commence the real action of our tale at an epoch not very remote from the present day.
Stretching forth the official staff in his left hand, he laid his right upon the shoulder of a young woman, whom he thus drew forward, until, on the threshold of the prison-door, she repelled him, by an action marked with natural dignity and force of character, and stepped into the open air as if by her own free will.
He waited so long that I supposed it for the purpose of repudiating the assumption on which my action had been founded; but what he finally said was: "Do you mean now--here?
A staid, steadfast man, whose life for the most part was a telling pantomime of action, and not a tame chapter of sounds.
This delicacy is chiefly evinced in the action of sweeping, when in maidenly gentleness the whale with a certain soft slowness moves his immense flukes from side to side upon the surface of the sea; and if he feel but a sailor's whisker, woe to that sailor, whiskers and all.
don't vex yourself; you have the greatest honor; a mare that can carry a tall man of our master's weight, with all your spring and sprightly action, does not need to hold her head down because she does not carry the lady; we horses must take things as they come, and always be contented and willing so long as we are kindly used.
In the same way, since in action it frequently happens that no delay is permissible, it is very certain that, when it is not in our power to determine what is true, we ought to act according to what is most probable; and even although we should not remark a greater probability in one opinion than in another, we ought notwithstanding to choose one or the other, and afterwards consider it, in so far as it relates to practice, as no longer dubious, but manifestly true and certain, since the reason by which our choice has been determined is itself possessed of these qualities.