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American English: /ˈækʃ(ə)n/
British English: /ˈakʃ(ə)n/

Translation of action in Spanish:


  • 1 uncountable 1.1 (practical measures) prompt action by the police saved several lives
    la rápida actuación de la policía salvó varias vidas
    action is needed now to …
    hay que tomar medidas or actuar inmediatamente para …
    we demand action!
    ¡exigimos que se haga algo!
    which course of action do you recommend?
    ¿qué medidas recomienda?
    he didn't rule out military action
    no descartó la intervención del ejército
    they took disciplinary action against her
    le aplicaron medidas disciplinarias
    fue sancionada
    to take action to take action against somebody/something
    tomar medidas contra alguien/algo
    no further action will be taken
    no se tomará ninguna otra medida
    action! (Cinema)
    Example sentences
    • I know that some have argued that we should take action to achieve a very much smaller population.
    • She said emissions to air, waste management and water eutrophication required urgent action.
    • Elections are the paramount means for influencing governmental action.
    1.2 (in phrases) in action
    en acción
    I'm back in action now [colloquial]
    ya estoy de nuevo al pie del cañón [colloquial]
    to go into action the government has swung into action against tax evasion
    el Gobierno se ha lanzado a combatir la evasión fiscal
    to put something into action
    poner algo en práctica
    out of actionmy car is out of action
    tengo el coche averiado
    tengo el coche descompuesto (Latin America)
    he'll be out of action for a few weeks
    va a estar fuera de circulación durante unas semanas [humorous]
  • 2 countable 2.1 (deed) their actions show them to be untrustworthy
    sus actos demuestran que no son dignos de confianza
    la forma en que actúan demuestra que no son dignos de confianza
    my first action would be to call the police
    lo primero que haría sería llamar a la policía
    I won't be responsible for my actions if it happens again
    si vuelve a suceder, yo no respondo de mí
    actions speak louder than words
    obras son amores y no buenas razones
    el movimiento se demuestra andando
    Example sentences
    • The wider issue is the question of the state's behaviour and whether its actions were responsible.
    • It's all well and good to perform these actions in response to the alarm clock if that's what happens every day.
    • The scene requires viewers to question the actions and reactions of characters in a highly complex situation.
    2.2 (Physics)
    Example sentences
    • His actions are machined from pre heat-treated 4140 bar stock using all carbide tooling.
    • He moved the slide action back and forth, checking that the movement was smooth enough to meet his satisfaction.
    • Most bolt actions will fit the cartridge without bolt modification and bullets up to .35 caliber can be fitted into some variation of the case.
  • 3 (Military) 3.1 uncountable (combat) to go into action
    entrar en acción or en combate
    killed/wounded in action
    muerto/herido en combate
    to see action
    Example sentences
    • A former soldier who was in the thick of the action during the War told how he had met his match - in York.
    • He saw early action in North Africa, where he was awarded a Military Cross and bar.
    • Most National Guard and Reservists sign up thinking they'll never see action, let alone deployment overseas.
    3.2 countable (engagement)
  • 4 uncountable 4.1 (plot) the action takes place in Florence
    la acción se desarrolla en Florencia
    Example sentences
    • The action of the story divides between this rural backdrop and Helsinki, to which Eeva eventually flees.
    • Yes the story and action is horrific at times but Ray and Kathy put in such excellent performances.
    • Time. Used to define the limits of the story and around which action is organized.
    4.2 (exciting activity) they went downtown looking for some action [colloquial]
    fueron al centro en busca de animación
    fueron al centro en busca de la movida [colloquial]
    to get a piece or slice of the action [colloquial]
    sacar tajada [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • On some days it was difficult for visitors to know which way to look because there was just so much exciting wildlife action going on around them.
    • Things got off to a slow start but by mid afternoon there was non stop action.
    • At one level, the movie is about science fiction, kung fu, firearms and non-stop action.
  • 5 5.1 countable (movement)
    (of a horse) marcha (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • The darkness of winter slows the city's heartbeat, making our every action or movement an effort.
    • His movements contradicted the others' actions, his steps were graceful and quiet like that of a doe.
    • No words, just clean efficient movement and actions.
    5.2 uncountable (operation) biological/chemical action
    acción (feminine) biológica/química
    Example sentences
    • In Africa there have been unilateral military actions by states to overthrow despotic governments in neighbouring states.
    • However, other soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines die in combat actions, too.
    • One was to engage in guerilla actions and wear the enemy down.
    5.3 uncountable (of drug, chemical)action (on something)
    Example sentences
    • Syrup alone may act as a demulcent and provide antitussive action without side effects.
    • Problems included unspecified dosages, unclear information about drug action, and side effects of drugs.
    • When all the finish is removed, apply a neutralizer to stop the chemical action.
  • 7 countable (Law) to bring an action against somebody
    demandar a alguien
    ejercitar una acción contra alguien
    Example sentences
    • Judicial Watch has filed 92 lawsuits and legal actions against government officials.
    • As with other questions in this chapter it also covers a number of the judicial actions in the Community legal order.
    • Would the law of New Zealand that takes away rights of common law actions for personal injuries and puts people on some kind of pension scheme apply?

transitive verb

  • (British) [colloquial]
    poner en marcha
    Example sentences
    • If you had a standard monthly payment for the same amount each month, then your request could be actioned.
    • Both of these recommendations have been actioned.
    • We received separate complaints about flytipping in this area on Tuesday and Wednesday in this area and this will be actioned.
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