"Action" • Chinese-English Dictionary

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 xíng wéi action / conduct / behavior / activity
 zuò yòng to act on / to affect / action / function / activity / impact / result / effect / purpose / intent / to play a role / corresponds to English -ity, -ism, -ization / CL:個|个[ge4]
 xíng dòng operation / action / to move / mobile / CL:個|个[ge4]
 dòng zuò movement / motion / action / CL:個|个[ge4]
 jǔ dòng act / action / activity / move / movement
 jǔ cuò to move / to act / action / decision / conduct / manner
 shǒu jiǎo hand and foot / movement of limbs / action / trick / step in a procedure (CL: 道[dao4])
 xíng shì to execute / to handle / behavior / action / conduct
 qi lai (after a verb) indicating the beginning and continuation of an action or a state / indicating an upward movement (e.g. after 站[zhan4]) / bringing things together (e.g. after 收拾[shou1 shi5]) / (after a perception verb, e.g. 看[kan4]) expressing preliminary judgment / also pr. [qi3 lai5]
 chu lai (after a verb, indicates coming out, completion of an action, or ability to discern or detect)
 fāng àn plan / program (for action etc) / proposal / proposed bill / CL:個|个[ge4],套[tao4]
 jiā yǐ in addition / moreover / (used before a disyllabic verb to indicate that the action of the verb is applied to sth or sb previously mentioned) / to apply (restrictions etc) to (sb) / to give (support, consideration etc) to (sth)
 shǒu xià under one's control or administration / subordinates / (money etc) on hand / sb's financial means / to take action
 shí wù practice (customary action, as opposed to theory) / practical
 hǎo shì good action, deed, thing or work (also sarcastic, "a fine thing indeed") / charity / happy occasion / Daoist or Buddhist ceremony for the souls of the dead
 quán zì dòng automatic action / full automatic
 yī jǔ a move / an action / in one move / at a stroke / in one go
 chǔ fèn to discipline sb / to punish / disciplinary action / to deal with (a matter) / CL:個|个[ge4]
 dòng zuò piàn action movie / CL:部[bu4]
 dǎ zhāo hu to greet sb by word or action / to give prior notice
 lìng xíng (to do sth) separately / as a separate action
 bù yuē ér tóng to agree by chance (idiom) / taking the same action without prior consultation
 zuò fǎ course of action / method of doing sth / practice / modus operandi
 cì tòng stab of pain / sting / fig. stimulus to action / a prick
 le (modal particle intensifying preceding clause) / (completed action marker)
 zài (located) at / (to be) in / to exist / in the middle of doing sth / (indicating an action in progress)
 fēn cun propriety / appropriate behavior / proper speech or action / within the norms
 wán ǒu toy figurine / action figure / stuffed animal / doll / (fig.) sb's plaything
 còu rè nao to join in the fun / to get in on the action / (fig.) to butt in / to create more trouble
 yìng yào firmly set on doing sth / to insist on doing / determined in one's course of action
 xíng dòng jì huà action plan
 shí jǐng real scene (not set up or posed) / real location (not a film studio set or theater) / live action (not animation)
 shì zài bì xíng circumstances require action (idiom) / absolutely necessary / imperative
 kè bù róng huǎn to brook no delay / to demand immediate action
 fèn fā to rouse to vigorous action / energetic mood
 hòu lù escape route / retreat route / communication lines to the rear / alternative course of action / room for maneuver
 rǎn zhǐ to dip a finger (idiom) / fig. to get one's finger in the pie / to get a share of the action / abbr. for 染指於鼎|染指于鼎
 zhe aspect particle indicating action in progress
 xià down / downwards / below / lower / later / next (week etc) / second (of two parts) / to decline / to go down / to arrive at (a decision, conclusion etc) / measure word to show the frequency of an action
 guo (experienced action marker)
 shǒu bàn garage kit / action figure / model figure
 yī yán yī xíng every word and action (idiom)
 wàng dòng to rush indiscriminately into action
 cè dòng to conspire / to plot (a rebellion, crime etc) / to machinate / to spur on / to urge action
 wàng wéi to take rash action
 qǐng yuàn petition (for action to be taken)
  pharmacological action
 guà cǎi to decorate for festive occasions / to be wounded in action
 jiā to add / plus / (used after an adverb such as 不, 大, 稍 / etc, and before a disyllabic verb, to indicate that the action of the verb is applied to sth or sb previously mentioned) / to apply (restrictions etc) to (sb) / to give (support, consideration etc) to (sth)
 kuài dāo zhǎn luàn má lit. quick sword cuts through tangled hemp (idiom) / decisive action in a complex situation / cutting the Gordian knot
 bù diào yī zhì to be united in action
 wǔ dǎ piàn action movie / kungfu movie
 jī jiàng to spur sb into action by making negative remarks
 chéng bàn to punish (someone) / to take disciplinary action against (someone)
 zì shí qí guǒ to eat one's own fruit (idiom) / fig. suffering the consequences of one's own action / to reap what one has sown
 sǎn bīng yóu yǒng lit. straggling and disbanded soldiers (idiom) / fig. disorganized uncoordinated action
 chī guān sī to face legal action / to get sued
 ne particle indicating that a previously asked question is to be applied to the preceding word ("What about ...?", "And ...?") / particle for inquiring about location ("Where is ...?") / particle signaling a pause, to emphasize the preceding words and allow the listener time to take them on board ("ok?", "are you with me?") / (at the end of a declarative sentence) particle indicating continuation of a state or action / particle indicating strong affirmation
 yī hōng ér qǐ (of a group of people) to rush into action
 dú duàn dú xíng to decide and act alone (idiom) / to take arbitrary action / a law unto oneself
 kè zhōu qiú jiàn lit. a notch on the side of a boat to locate a sword dropped overboard (idiom) / fig. an action made pointless by changed circumstances
 Dèng Shì chāng Deng Shichang (1849-1894), Qing dynasty naval specialist, founded naval dockyards and two naval colleges, died heroically in action against the Japanese
 jí rú xīng huǒ lit. as hurried as a shooting star (idiom) / requiring immediate action / extremely urgent
 cuò to handle / to manage / to put in order / to arrange / to administer / to execute / to take action on / to plan
 fān foreign (non-Chinese) / barbarian / classifier for occurrences (of an event, action or speech utterance) / classifier for iterations: times, -fold (as in twofold etc) / classifier for situations: kind, sort
 pào bubble / foam / blister (i.e. skin bubble) / to soak / to steep / to infuse / to dawdle / to shilly-shally / to hang about / to pick up (a girl) / to get off with (a sexual partner) / classifier for occurrences of an action / classifier for number of infusions
 tè lì dú xíng to be unconventional / independence of action
 mǎ hòu pào lit. firing after the horse / fig. belated action / giving advice in hindsight
 mó quán cā zhǎng fig. to rub one's fists and wipe one's palms (idiom) / to roll up one's sleeves for battle / eager to get into action or start on a task
 dú duàn zhuān xíng to decide and act alone (idiom) / to take arbitrary action / a law unto oneself
 yī niàn zhī chā momentary slip / false step / ill-considered action
 bī shàng liáng shān driven to join the Liangshan Mountain rebels / to drive to revolt / to force sb to desperate action
 zhèn bì yī hū to issue a call for action / to raise one's hand and issue a rousing call (idiom)
 bào xīn jiù huǒ lit. to carry firewood to put out a fire (idiom) / fig. to make a problem worse by inappropriate action
 wěi dà bù diào large tail obstructs action (idiom) / bottom heavy / fig. rendered ineffective by subordinates
 yǐn ér bù fā to pull the bow without shooting (idiom from Mencius) / ready and waiting for action / to go through the motions / to practice / a trial run
 jiù fén yì xīn add firewood to put out the flames (idiom) / fig. ill-advised action that only makes the problem worse / to add fuel to the fire
 rǎn zhǐ yú dǐng lit. dip one's finger in the tripod (idiom) / fig. to get one's finger in the pie / to get a share of the action
 liú xīng gǎn yuè lit. a meteor catching up with the moon / swift action (idiom)
 gǒu jí tiào qiáng a cornered dog will jump over the wall (idiom) / to be driven to desperate action
 qǐng jiàng bù rú jī jiàng lit. to dispatch a general is not as effective as to excite a general / fig. inciting people to action is more effective than dispatching orders
 tóu mèi ér qǐ lit. to shake one's sleeves and rise (idiom) / fig. to get excited and move to action
 xiàng jī ér dòng to wait for the opportune moment before taking action (idiom)
 kāi gōng bù fàng jiàn lit. to draw the bow without shooting the arrow (idiom) / fig. to bluff / to be all talk and no action / false bravado
 zhǐ shuō bù zuò to be all talk and no action
 quē dé shì misdeed / immoral action / wicked deed / a deliberate wrongdoing
 fàng kōng pào (lit.) to fire blank shots / (fig.) to be all talk and no action / to shoot one's mouth off / to make empty promises
 Rén mín Xíng dòng dǎng People's Action Party (ruling party in Singapore)
 yī bēi gēng lit. a cup of soup / fig. to get part of the profits / one's share of the action
 zuò zhàn shī zōng rén yuán missing in action (MIA) (military)
 guāng shuō bù zuò all talk and no action (idiom) / to preach what one does not practice
 bīng lái jiàng dǎng , shuǐ lái tǔ yǎn counter soldiers with arms, water with an earth weir (idiom) / different situations call for different action / to adopt measures appropriate to the actual situation
 bīng lái jiàng dí , shuǐ lái tǔ yàn counter soldiers with arms, water with an earth weir (idiom) / different situations call for different action / to adopt measures appropriate to the actual situation
 Liú Jiā huī Gordon Liu (1955-), Hong Kong action actor
 fǎn shè dòng zuò reflex action
 huí xuán yú dì leeway / latitude / room for freedom of action
 fèn mèi to roll up one's sleeves for action
 shǒu zhū dài tù , yuán mù qiú yú to guard a tree-stump, waiting for rabbits, and climb a tree to catch fish (idiom) / without any practical course of action
 yán fā delayed action
 wǎng fù yùn dòng backwards and forwards action (e.g. of piston or pump) / reciprocating motion
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