- The definition of an action is something that is done or performed.
Performing a skit and baking a cake are each an example of an action.
Making a cake is an action.
action definition by Webster's New World
- the doing of something; state of being in motion or of working
- an act or thing done
- behavior; habitual conduct
- habitual activity characterized by energy and boldness: a man of action
- the effect produced by something: the action of a drug
- the way of moving, working, etc., as of a machine, an organ of the body, etc.
- the moving parts or mechanism, as of a gun, piano, etc.
- the sequence of happenings in a story or play; plot
- any of such happenings
- such happenings when exciting
- a legal proceeding by which one seeks to have a wrong put right; lawsuit
- a military encounter
- military combat in general
- the appearance of animation in a painting, sculpture, etc.
- Slang activity or excitement; specif., gambling activity
Origin: Middle English accion ; from Old French action ; from Classical Latin actio ; from past participle of agere: see act
action definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The state or process of acting or doing: The medical team went into action.
- Something done or accomplished; a deed. See Usage Note at act.
- Organized activity to accomplish an objective: a problem requiring drastic action.
- The causation of change by the exertion of power or a natural process: the action of waves on a beach; the action of a drug on blood pressure.
- A movement or a series of movements, as of an actor.
- Manner of movement: a horse with fine action.
- Habitual or vigorous activity; energy: a woman of action.
- Behavior or conduct. Often used in the plural.
- a. The operating parts of a mechanism.b. The manner in which such parts operate.c. The manner in which a musical instrument can be played; playability: a piano with quick action.
- The series of events and episodes that form the plot of a story or play.
- The appearance of animation of a figure in painting or sculpture.
- Law A judicial proceeding whose purpose is to obtain relief at the hands of a court.
- a. Armed encounter; combat: missing in action.b. An engagement between troops or ships: fought a rear-guard action.
- The most important or exciting work or activity in a specific field or area: always heads for where the action is.
- acˈtion·less adjective
action - Legal Definition
- Any behavior, conduct, or series of acts by a person.
- A civil or criminal judicial proceeding intended to resolve a legal dispute, claim, or accusation.
- An action brought by a person or a group of people as representatives of a larger group who have a common legal claim but are so numerous that it is impracticable for all of them to participate or be joined as individual parties in the case.
- An action brought against a large group of people who have a common legal defense to a claim that they are all potentially liable for but are so numerous that it is impracticable for all of them to participate or be joined as individual parties in the case.
- An action brought on behalf of a corporation by a shareholder when that corporation is entitled to bring an action and, deliberatively or otherwise, fails to do so.
- An action that is based upon the injury suffered by someone other than the plaintiff. For example, a husband may sue for loss of consortium or services if the defendant injured his wife.
action - Medical Definition
- The state or process of acting or doing.
- A deed.
- A change that occurs in the body or in a bodily organ as a result of its functioning.
- Exertion of force or power.
action - Phrases/Idioms
- to become active
- to start a lawsuit