A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-shuh n]
    • /ˈæk ʃən/
    • /ˈækʃn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-shuh n]
    • /ˈæk ʃən/

Definitions of action word

  • uncountable noun action Action is doing something for a particular purpose. 3
  • countable noun action An action is something that you do on a particular occasion. 3
  • countable noun action To bring a legal action against someone means to bring a case against them in a court of law. 3
  • uncountable noun action The action of a chemical is the way in which it works, or the effects that it has. 3
  • singular noun action The action is all the important and exciting things that are happening in a situation. 3
  • uncountable noun action The fighting which takes place in a war can be referred to as action. 3

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Origin of action

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
1300-50; < Latin āctiōn- (stem of āctiō), equivalent to āct(us) (past participle; see act) + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English accioun < Anglo-French < Latin

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Parts of speech for Action


action popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

action usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for action

noun action

  • reaction — a reverse movement or tendency; an action in a reverse direction or manner.
  • life — the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally.
  • force — physical power or strength possessed by a living being: He used all his force in opening the window.
  • deal — If you say that you need or have a great deal of or a good deal of a particular thing, you are emphasizing that you need or have a lot of it.
  • process — a systematic series of actions directed to some end: to devise a process for homogenizing milk.

verb action

  • immobilize — to make immobile or immovable; fix in place.
  • take out — the act of taking.
  • gelling — Physical Chemistry. a semirigid colloidal dispersion of a solid with a liquid or gas, as jelly, glue, etc.
  • occur — to happen; take place; come to pass: When did the accident occur?
  • get to — to receive or come to have possession, use, or enjoyment of: to get a birthday present; to get a pension.

Antonyms for action

noun action

  • idleness — the quality, state, or condition of being lazy, inactive, or idle: His lack of interest in the larger world and his consummate idleness were the causes of their dreadful divorce.
  • inactivity — not active: an inactive volcano.
  • inaction — absence of action; idleness.
  • laziness — lazy evaluation
  • lethargy — the quality or state of being drowsy and dull, listless and unenergetic, or indifferent and lazy; apathetic or sluggish inactivity.

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