action etymology

English word action comes from Proto-Italic *agō (Do, act. Drive. Push, impel.), Latin -alis, Proto-Indo-European *h₂eǵ-, Proto-Indo-European *h₂eǵʰ-

Detailed word origin of action

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*agō Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Do, act. Drive. Push, impel.
-alis Latin (lat) Used to form adjectives of relationship from nouns or numerals.
*h₂eǵ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to drive, plough animal
*h₂eǵʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) plough animal
ago Latin (lat) (of offerings) I slay, kill (as a sacrifice). (of plants) I put forth, sprout, extend. (of time) I pass, spend. I accomplish, manage, achieve. I chase, pursue. I discuss, plead, deliberate. I do, act, make, behave. I drive at, pursue (a course of action). I drive, conduct. I guide, govern, administer. I perform, transact. I push, move, impel. I rob, steal, plunder, carry off. I stir up, [...]
actus Latin (lat) (historical, _, units of measure) An actus: a former Roman unit of area equivalent to a square with sides of 1 actus (about ⅛ ha). (historical, _, units of measure) An actus: a former Roman unit of length equal to 120 Roman feet (about 35½ m). A cattle drive, the act of driving cattle or a cart. A cattle path or narrow cart track. Act, action, doing, deed. Performance, behavior.
actio Latin (lat) (drama) the action, plot, series of events. (legal) suit, process, action. Action; a doing or performing, behavior. Gesticulation made while speaking. Public function, civil act.
action Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
accion Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
action English (eng) (transitive, chiefly, archaic) To initiate a legal action against someone.. (transitive, management) To act on a request etc, in order to put it into effect. Demanding or signifying the start of something, usually an act or scene of a theatric performance. (art, painting and sculpture) The attitude or position of the several parts of the body as expressive of the sentiment or passion [...]

Words with the same origin as action

Descendants of *agō
act active activity actor actress actual agency agent camera catch embarrassed energy engagement engine enjoy exact exam final key lights navy react reaction say
Descendants of -alis
animal capital card central channel chatter corner criminal funeral general hospital hotel legal master mental natural personal real royal social states total trial usual
Descendants of *h₂eǵ-
grace suggest