Action in a sentence

The word "action" in a example sentences. Learn the definition of action and how to use it in a sentence.

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Definition of Action

  • A process or condition of acting or moving, as opposed to rest; the doing of something; exertion of power or force, as when one body acts on another; the effect of power exerted on one body by another; agency; activity; operation; as, the action of heat; a man of action.
  • An act; a thing done; a deed; an enterprise. pl: Habitual deeds; hence, conduct; behavior; demeanor.
  • The event or connected series of events, either real or imaginary, forming the subject of a play, poem, or other composition; the unfolding of the drama of events.
  • Movement; as, the horse has a spirited action.
  • Effective motion; also, mechanism; as, the breech action of a gun.
  • Any one of the active processes going on in an organism; the performance of a function; as, the action of the heart, the muscles, or the gastric juice.
  • Gesticulation; the external deportment of the speaker, or the suiting of his attitude, voice, gestures, and countenance, to the subject, or to the feelings.
  • The attitude or position of the several parts of the body as expressive of the sentiment or passion depicted.
  • A suit or process, by which a demand is made of a right in a court of justice; in a broad sense, a judicial proceeding for the enforcement or protection of a right, the redress or prevention of a wrong, or the punishment of a public offense.
  • A right of action; as, the law gives an action for every claim.
  • A share in the capital stock of a joint-stock company, or in the public funds; hence, in the plural, equivalent to stocks.
  • An engagement between troops in war, whether on land or water; a battle; a fight; as, a general action, a partial action.
  • The mechanical contrivance by means of which the impulse of the player's finger is transmitted to the strings of a pianoforte or to the valve of an organ pipe.
  • something done (usually as opposed to something said)
  • the most important or interesting work or activity in a specific area or field
  • a military engagement
  • a judicial proceeding brought by one party against another; one party prosecutes another for a wrong done or for protection of a right or for prevention of a wrong
  • an act by a government body or supranational organization
  • the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism
  • the trait of being active and energetic and forceful
  • the series of events that form a plot
  • a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)
  • the state of being active
  • put in effect
  • institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against

How to use action in a sentence. Action pronunciation.

I think it true, and sadly true, that a man with a vice which he is able to satisfy easily and habitually, even as another satisfies a virtue, may give up the wider actions of the world and the possibilities of his life for the pleasure which his one vice gives him, and neither miss nor desire those greater chances of virtue or ambition which he has lost.
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It was to him, however, like a ground-wire in telegraphy- it carried off the nervous force tingling in him and driving him to impulsive action, while his reputation called for a constant outward urbanity, a philosophical apathy.
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He did not definitely realise his actions; but long afterwards he could have drawn an accurate plan of the table, could have reproduced upon it each article in its exact place as correctly as though it had been photographed.
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His life, which had seemed suspended, was set free; and an exaltation of sorrow, of pain, of action, possessed him.
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I begin to see how near good is to evil; how near faith is to unfaith; and how difficult it is to judge from actions only; how little we can know to-day what we shall feel tomorrow.
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Action, however startling, will be proof of fitness.
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It was clear, however, that Nahoum meant to be silent, or he would have taken another course of action.
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David started at her action, he thought it rash; but the courage of it pleased him, too.
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He was on the threshold of his career: action had not yet begun; he was standing like a swimmer on a high shore, looking into depths beneath which have never been plumbed by mortal man, wondering what currents, what rocks, lay beneath the surface of the blue.
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The day of Nahoum's wrath and revenge was not yet come; it was his deep design to lay the foundation for his own dark actions strong on a rock of apparent confidence and devotion.
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Can Persons who are sensible of, and do heartily lament their want of the Love and Fear of God, their too great a Love of the World, the frequent Distractions of their Mind in Prayer, and the Unruliness of their Lusts and Passions, delight to frequent a Place where they are surrounded with Temptations to the Love of the World; where what can excite to unlawful Desires and Actions is promoted; and the Arts of an easie Defilement are studied?
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Phoebicius gave her a long start, for after having arranged her prison he remained some time in the little room behind the kitchen, not in order to give her time, collect his thoughts or to reflect on his future action, but simply because he felt utterly exhausted.
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You must judge a man by his actions and his meaning, not by the tone of his voice.
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The garden scene between Lisa and Lavretsky is the very ecstasy of passion, although, like the two characters, it is marked by a pure and chaste beauty of word and action, that seems to prove that Love is something divine.
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As Turgenev expresses it, "she thirsted for action.
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He proves that he is a man of action in a humorous incident.
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There is no common thread, no common action which would have tied together all the parts of the novel; all of it is in some way just separate rhapsodies. . . .
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One of the very few criticisms from a truly artistic standpoint appeared in the "Russian Herald" during the year 1862, from which a brief quotation must suffice:- "Everything in this work bears witness to the ripened power of Turgenev's wonderful talent; the clearness of ideas, the masterly skill in sketching types, the simplicity of plot and of movement of the action, and moderation and evenness of the work as a whole; the dramatic element which comes up naturally from the most ordinary situations; there is nothing superfluous, nothing retarding, nothing extraneous.
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There are scenes of positively breathless excitement, preceded and followed by dreary drivel; but the success of the book does not depend on its action, but rather on the characters of Sonia, her maudlin father, the student Raskolnikov, and his sister.
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Another favourite device of Dostoevski's is to have one of his characters take a walk, and on this walk undergo some experience that has nothing whatever to do with the course of the action, but is, as it were, a miniature story of its own introduced into the novel.
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Examples of Action

Example #1
I ask him how it came he lived here alone; how it came that he made chairs, he, with brains enough to build great houses or great bridges; how it was that drink and he were such friends; and how he, a Catholic, lived here among us Quakers, so singular, uncompanionable, and severe.
Example #2
I feel Soolsby here at times so sharply that it would seem he came again and was in this room, though he is dead and gone.
Example #3
He had had his great fight for place and power, alien as he was in religion, though he had lived in Egypt since a child.
Example #4
He was seldom without the string of beads so many Orientals love to carry, and, Armenian Christian as he was, the act seemed almost religious.
Example #5
There were one or two spots of dust or dirt on the floor, brought in by his boots from the garden.
Example #6
Yet he appeared to be casually doing a trivial and necessary act.