A a


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

Definitions of actions word

  • noun actions an independent agency created in 1971 to administer domestic volunteer programs. 1
  • adjective actions characterized by brisk or dynamic action: an action car; an action melodrama. 1
  • idioms actions in action, performing or taking part in a characteristic act: The school baseball team is in action tonight. working; functioning: His rescuing the child was bravery in action. 1
  • idioms actions out of action, removed from action, as by sudden disability: The star halfback is out of action with a bad knee. 1
  • idioms actions piece of the action, Informal. a share of the proceeds or profits: Cut me in for a piece of the action. 1
  • idioms actions take action, to start doing something: As soon as we get his decision, we'll take action. to start a legal procedure. 1

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Origin of actions

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 Actions


actions 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".

actions usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for actions

noun actions

  • behavior — People's or animals' behavior is the way that they behave. You can refer to a typical and repeated way of behaving as a behavior.
  • activities — the state or quality of being active: There was not much activity in the stock market today. He doesn't have enough physical activity in his life.
  • manners — mainour.
  • conduct — When you conduct an activity or task, you organize it and carry it out.
  • performance — a musical, dramatic, or other entertainment presented before an audience.

Antonyms for actions

noun actions

  • weaknesses — the state or quality of being weak; lack of strength, firmness, vigor, or the like; feebleness.

Top questions with actions

  • what are the two basic styles of firearm actions?

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