action

[ ak-shuhn ]SEE DEFINITION OF action

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ACTION

I'm going back there, and get things in action, and I'm going to stay by them.

Plainly, too, he was a man of action and a man who engaged all her instinctive liking.

Thoroughbred is the word for her, style and action, as the horse people say, perfect.

She was apt not only to know what she talked about, but she was a woman of resource, unafraid of action.

It passed, and the next moment she was on her feet again, capable of action.

Upon this as a platform of purpose and of action we can stand together.

It is not the name of the action, but the result of the action, which is the chief concern.

It is a thought, an ideal, which has led to an entirely new line of action.

When action is required to preserve our national security, we will act.

How will every look, every action, even the most innocent, be liable to misconstruction!

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "cause or grounds for a lawsuit," from Anglo-French accioun, Old French accion (12c.) "action, lawsuit, case," from Latin actionem (nominative actio) "a putting in motion; a performing, doing," noun of action from past participle stem of agere "to do" (see act (v.)). Sense of "something done, an act, deed" is late 14c. Meaning "fighting" is from c.1600. As a film director's command, it is attested from 1923. Meaning "excitement" is recorded from 1968. Phrase actions speak louder than words is attested from 1731.

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