Focus on the pronunciation of action
English definition of “action”
› [U] the process of doing something, especially in order to deal with a problem or difficult situation: take action (to do sth) The report urged industrialised nations to take further action to cut their budget deficits.action on sth Campaigners say more action is needed on climate change.call/press for action Unions are pressing for action on the pay dispute. decisive/drastic/prompt action The committee was spurred into action by the threat of government cuts. You need to clearly outline a specific course of action in your business plan.
› [C] something that you do, especially in order to deal with a problem or difficult situation: Industry analysts said the company's actions cannot control market prices. He said that employees must be held accountable for their actions.
› [U] STOCK MARKET, FINANCE important things that are happening in a market, etc.: Fund managers let themselves be carried away by the favorable market action of the shares.
› [C or U] LAW a legal process that is decided in a court of law: civil/court/legal action He threatened legal action to recover the property.bring an action against sb/sth The purchaser could have brought an action against the vendor under section 12 of the Sale of Goods Act.
put sth into action › to begin working to make an idea or a plan happen or be successful: We need to put these plans into action in measurable ways, so that employees regain a sense of control over their lives.
an action plan/a plan of action › a way of dealing with a problem or difficult situation, or achieving something: The Board will devise an action plan to address the problems at the plant.
a piece/slice of the action informal › involvement in something successful that someone else has started: It's one thing to be a staff attorney and quite another to be an equity partner getting a piece of the action. → See also affirmative action, class action, direct action, disciplinary action, group action, industrial action, job action, personal action, primary action, right of action, secondary action, strike action