1) N-UNCOUNT: usu with supp Action is doing something for a particular purpose.

The government is taking emergency action to deal with a housing crisis...

What was needed, he said, was decisive action to halt what he called these savage crimes.

2) N-COUNT An action is something that you do on a particular occasion.

As always, Peter had a reason for his action...

Jack was the sort of man who did not like his actions questioned.

3) N-COUNT To bring a legal action against someone means to bring a case against them in a court of law. [LEGAL]

Two leading law firms are to prepare legal actions against tobacco companies.

...a libel action brought by one of France's bureaucrats.

suit, case
4) N-UNCOUNT The action of a chemical is the way in which it works, or the effects that it has.

Her description of the nature and action of poisons is amazingly accurate.

5) N-SING: the N The action is all the important and exciting things that are happening in a situation. [INFORMAL]

Hollywood is where the action is now.

6) N-UNCOUNT: oft in N The fighting which takes place in a war can be referred to as action.

Leaders in America have generally supported military action if it proves necessary...

13 soldiers were killed and 10 wounded in action.

7) ADJ: ADJ n An action movie is a film in which a lot of dangerous and exciting things happen. An action hero is the main character in one of these films.

Stallone wants to break away from his action-hero image.

8) PHRASE: v-link PHR, PHR after v If someone or something is out of action, they are injured or damaged and cannot work or be used.

He's been out of action for 16 months with a serious knee injury...

They were trapped after the lifts went out of action.

9) PHRASE If someone wants to have a piece of the action or a slice of the action, they want to take part in an exciting activity or situation, usually in order to make money or become more important.

Holiday spots have seen a dramatic revival and tourist chiefs are competing for a slice of the action.

10) PHRASE: V inflects If you put an idea or policy into action, you begin to use it or cause it to operate.

They have excelled in learning the lessons of business management theory, and putting them into action.

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