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Etymology

From Middle English accion, from Template:Fro {{ Template:Fro/script |[[action#Template:Fro|action]]|face=term|lang=fro}}, from {{la|āctiō||act of doing or making}}, from {{la|āctus}}, perfect passive participle of {{la|agō||do, act}}, + action suffix {{la|-iō}}; see act.

Pronunciation

Noun

Action (plural [[Actions#|Actions]])
  1. Something done so as to accomplish a purpose.
  2. A way of motion or functioning.
    Knead bread with a rocking action.
  3. A fast-paced activity.
    an action movie
  4. A mechanism; a moving part or assembly.
    a rifle action
  5. (ArticlesError using {{music}}: unable to parse music symbol ""): The mechanism, that is the set of moving mechanical parts, of a keyboard instrument, like a piano, which transfers the motion of the key to the sound-making device.[1]
  6. (Articlesslang) sexual intercourse.
    She gave him some action.
  7. The distance separating the strings and the fretboard on the guitar.
  8. (Articlesmilitary) Combat.
    He saw some action in the Korean War.
  9. (Articleslegal) A charge or other process in a law court (also called lawsuit and actio).
  10. (Articles
36px Subject classification: this is a mathematics resource .
) A mapping from a pairing of mathematical objects to one of them, respecting their individual structures. The pairing is typically a Cartesian product or a tensor product. The object that is not part of the output is said to act on the other object. In any given context, action is used as an abbreviation for a more fully named notion, like group action or left group action.
  1. The event or connected series of events, either real or imaginary, forming the subject of a play, poem, or other composition; the unfolding of the drama of events.
  2. (ArticlesartArticles, painting and sculpture) The attitude or position of the several parts of the body as expressive of the sentiment or passion depicted.
  3. (Articlesbowling) spin put on the bowling ball.
  4. (ArticlesbusinessArticles, obsoleteArticles, a Gallicism) A share in the capital stock of a joint-stock company, or in the public funds.
    • Burke
      The Euripus of funds and actions.

Derived terms

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See also

Translations

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Interjection

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  1. Demanding or signifying the start of something, usually an act or scene of a theatric performance.
    The director yelled ‘Action!’ before the camera started rolling.

Translations

Verb

Action (third-person singular simple present [[Actions#|Actions]], present participle [[Actioning#|Actioning]], simple past and past participle [[Actioned#|Actioned]])
  1. (ArticlestransitiveArticles, management) To act on a request etc, in order to put it into effect.
  2. (ArticlestransitiveArticles, chieflyArticles, archaic) To initiate a legal action against someone.

Usage notes

  • The verb sense to action is rejected by some usage authorities.[2]

References

  • OED 2nd edition 1989
  • Notes:
  1. Marshall Cavendish Corporation Growing Up with Science p.1079
  2. Template:R:She Literally Exploded, page 3

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Anagrams


French

Etymology

Template:Fro {{ Template:Fro/script |[[acciun#Template:Fro|acciun]]|face=term|lang=fro}}, {{ Template:Fro/script |[[aucion#Template:Fro|aucion]]|face=term|lang=fro}}, etymologically reconstructed in Template:Frm to resemble the {{la|actiō}}.

Pronunciation

Noun

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  1. [[action#|action]], act
  2. campaign
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  3. stock, share
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  4. (ArticlesSwitzerland) a special offer

Anagrams

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Middle French

Etymology

Template:Fro {{ Template:Fro/script |[[acciun#Template:Fro|acciun]]|face=term|lang=fro}}, {{ Template:Fro/script |[[aucion#Template:Fro|aucion]]|face=term|lang=fro}}, etymologically reconstructed to resemble the {{la|actiō}}.

Noun

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  1. [[action#|action]]; act

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