action Definition

  • 1the process of doing something, especially when dealing with a problem or difficulty
  • 2something that is done, especially to achieve a particular result
  • 3exciting or dramatic activity

Using action: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "action" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    We need to take action to solve this problem.

  • Example

    The government's action on climate change has been criticized.

  • Example

    The movie was full of action and adventure.

  • Example

    He saw some action during the war.

action Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for action

Idioms Using action

  • what someone does is more important than what they say they will do


    He promised to help me, but I haven't seen any action from him yet. Actions speak louder than words.

  • to become involved in an exciting or interesting activity


    I heard there's a new restaurant opening downtown. I want to get in on the action and try it out.

  • to participate in a military operation or battle


    He joined the army hoping to see action, but he never left the base.

Phrases with action

  • to start using a plan or idea


    We need to put our new marketing strategy into action.

  • to do something to punish or stop someone who has done something wrong


    The company is planning to take legal action against the employee who leaked confidential information.

  • being used or demonstrated


    I've never seen this machine in action before.

Origins of action

from Latin 'actio', meaning 'a doing'


Summary: action in Brief

The term 'action' [ˈækʃn] refers to the process of doing something, often to solve a problem or achieve a result. It can also mean something that is done, or exciting and dramatic activity. Phrases like 'put something into action' and 'take action against someone' use 'action' to denote starting a plan or punishing someone. Idioms like 'actions speak louder than words' and 'get in on the action' suggest that what someone does is more important than what they say, and that getting involved in exciting activities is desirable.

How do native speakers use this expression?