action n
1 ¢ gen action f ; (to deal with situation) mesures fpl ; freedom of action liberté f d'action ; to take action agir, prendre des mesures (against contre) ; to take action to do prendre des mesures pour faire ; drastic action des mesures draconiennes ; the situation demands immediate action la situation exige des mesures immédiates ; a man of action un homme d'action ; day of action journée f d'action ; to push ou drive sb into action pousser qn à agir ; to put a plan/an idea into action mettre un projet/une idée à exécution ; to get into action entrer en action ; to put sth out of action mettre qch en panne ; his accident put him out of action for three months son accident l'a mis complètement à plat pendant trois mois ; to be out of action [machine] être en panne ; [person] être inactif/-ive ; you should see her in action! gen il faut la voir en pleine action! ; iron il faut la voir à l'œuvre! ; to be back in action être de retour ; for action please (on memo) pour exécution ;
2 (deed) acte m ; to judge sb by their actions juger qn à ses actes ; he defended his action in sacking them il a défendu ce qu'il avait fait en les licenciant ; actions speak louder than words mieux vaut agir que parler ;
3 (fighting) action f, combat m ; to see (some) action combattre ; to go into action aller au combat or au feu ; to be killed in action être tué au combat ; killed by enemy action tué par l'ennemi ;
4 Cin, Theat action f ; the action takes place in Beirut l'action se passe à Beyrouth ; action! moteur! ;
5 (excitement) to be at the centre of the action être au centre de l'action ; I don't want to miss out on the action je ne veux pas rater ce qui se passe ; that's where the action is c'est là où ça bouge ; they want a piece of the action (want to be involved) ils ne veulent pas être en reste ; (want some of the profits) ils veulent leur part du gâteau ;
6 Jur action f, procès m ; to bring an action against sb intenter une action contre qn ; libel action procès en diffamation ;
7 (movement) (of body) mouvement m ; wrist action mouvement m du poignet ;
8 Tech (in machine, piano) mécanisme m ;
9 Chem action f.
action stations! Mil, fig à vos postes!

Big English-French dictionary. 2003.

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