- 1The fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim: he vowed to take tougher action against persistent offenders if there is a breach of regulations, we will take actionMore 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.
- 1.1The way in which something such as a chemical has an effect or influence: the seeds require the catalytic action of water to release hotnessMore 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.
- 1.2Armed conflict: servicemen listed as missing in action during the warMore 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.
- 1.3A military engagement: a rearguard actionMore 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.
- 1.4The events represented in a story or play: the action is set in the countryMore 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.
- 1.5 • informal Exciting or notable activity: the nonstop action of mountain biking people in the media want to be where the action isMore 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.
- 1.6 • informal Betting.More example sentences
- Neil at GfB makes no mention of any betting action on the Czech-Greece game.
- Anyway, Kusnet gives you the pre-show betting line if you want to follow the action.
- 1.7 [as exclamation] Used by a movie director as a command to begin: lights, camera, action!More example sentences
- Once he has his quarry in his sights, it's ready, aim, fire, lights, camera, action for this freedom-loving documentarian.
- Jayson pointed the camera, Eric called ‘Action’ and Chris ran with an expression of terror on his face.
- I had to make a living and I wanted to get behind a camera and shout ‘action’.
- 2A thing done; an act: she frequently questioned his actions I would not be responsible for my actions if I saw himMore 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.
- 2.1A legal process; a lawsuit: an action for damagesMore 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?
- 2.2A gesture or movement: his actions emphasized his wordsMore 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.
- 3A manner or style of doing something, typically the way in which a mechanism works or a person moves: a high paddle action in canoeing the weapon has speed and smooth actionMore example sentences
- The tray slides along the rails in a very smooth action, and is held in place with four thumbscrews.
- One of the things that gives the gun such a smooth action is the fact that the action bar and magazine tube move together.
- The heart's pumping action pushes the blood around the body through the arteries.
- 3.1The mechanism that makes a machine or instrument work: a piano with an escapement actionMore 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.
go into action
- Start work or activity.More example sentences
- We talked for a while then moved into the living room and I went into action.
- Elliot went into action after local radio station Z - 99 announced the contest, which awarded a pair of seats to the show to the collector of the most grasshoppers in two days.
- What they're all referring to is the fact one American serviceman made a complaint in January this year, and the Pentagon's investigative machinery went into action.
- Engaged in a certain activity; in operation.More example sentences
- So it was a relief to finally see him back in action again last night and he happily reported no after effects.
- No games were played during the summer, when the county teams were in action.
- Perhaps the single most important factor, however, is seeing it in action first.
out of action
- Temporarily unable to engage in a certain activity; not working: a heart attack put him out of action the ship was out of action for 16 daysMore example sentences
- Malt attacked from the restart and, with Cooke temporarily out of action, Will Barber booted a penalty.
- Traffic lights were temporarily out of action, although there were no reports of accidents.
- Her problems were made worse by the fact that the lift was temporarily out of action.
put into action
- Put into effect; carry out.More example sentences
- Richards said an up-do-date traffic survey needs to be carried out before any plans are put into action.
- The effective dissolution of the group, which has been observing a ceasefire since 1996, may be announced in a few weeks, though it could take six months to put into action.
- ‘We're alarmed that what was threatened was put into action,’ Mr Dale said.
late Middle English: via Old French from Latin actio(n-), from agere 'do, act'.