action /ˈækʃən/ noun
plural actions
plural actions
Learner's definition of ACTION
[count] : something that a person or group does
often used with take
◊ The saying actions speak louder than words means that the things that you do are more important than the things that you say.
[noncount] : things done to achieve a particular purpose
often used with take
◊ A man of action or woman of action is a man or woman who works in an active way to do things.
see also affirmative action, political action committee
[noncount] : fighting that happens in a war
see also in action (below)
the action : the most exciting or interesting activities that are happening in a particular place
informal : a chance or opportunity to make money
A piece of the action or (chiefly US) a cut of the action or (chiefly Brit) a slice of the action is a portion or share of the money that can be earned from something.
slang, sometimes offensive : sexual activity
[noncount] : the events that happen in a story, movie, etc.
[noncount] : events that happen quickly and that cause feelings of danger and excitement
often used before another noun see also live action
used as a director's command to start filming part of a movie or television show
law : the process of having a court of law make a decision about an argument
see also class action
[noncount] : a process in which one thing causes a change in another thing
: the way that something works or moves

in action

: in the act of doing something : performing a usual job or function
see also action 3 (above)

into action

: to an active state
◊ When people or things are called into action, they are asked to start working or doing a particular task.

out of action

: unable to perform a usual job or function : not in action
Comments & Questions
Comments & Questions
What made you want to look up action? Include any comments and questions you have about this word.