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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] noun of action actio doing or making, from perfect passive participle actus (deed), from verb agere (do), + action suffix -io.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
action

Plural
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  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. (music): The set of moving mechanical parts in a keyboard instrument which transfer the motion of the key to the sound-making device.
  6. (slang) Sexual activity; intercourse.
    She gave him some action.
  7. The distance separating the strings and the fretboard on the guitar.
  8. (military) Combat.
    He saw some action in the Korean War.
  9. (law) A charge or other process in a law court.

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Translations

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Interjection

action

  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

Infinitive
to action

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to action (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To act on a request etc, in order to put it into effect

References

  • OED 2nd edition 1989

Anagrams


French

Pronunciation

Noun

action f. (plural actions)

  1. Action, act.
  2. Campaign.
    une action promotionnelle
    a promotional campaign
  3. Stock, share.
    une action de capitalisation
    a capitalisation share

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