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From Middle Dutch actie, directly or ultimately from Latin āctiō (action). This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɑ
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ac‧tie
  • Rhymes: -ɑksi


actie f (plural acties or actiën, diminutive actietje n)

  1. action, activity, movement; especially (without article) a fast-paced activity
    De kinderen waren druk bezig met hun speelse acties in het park.
    The children were busy with their playful activities in the park.
    De actiefilm zat vol met spannende acties en spectaculaire stunts.
    The action movie was full of exciting action and spectacular stunts.
  2. (physics) action; motion
    De natuurkundeleraar demonstreerde de wet van actie en reactie in de klas.
    The physics teacher demonstrated the law of action and reaction in class.
    De wet van behoud van actie stelt dat het totale impulsmoment van een systeem constant blijft.
    The law of conservation of motion states that the total momentum of a system remains constant.
  3. (law, obsolete) legal charge; formal claim
  4. (finance, archaic, historical) share in an enterprise
    Synonym: aandeel
    De gerechtelijke acties van de erfgenamen betroffen de verdeling van de actiën in wijlen vaders zaak.
    The heirs' legal claims in court concerned the division of the shares in their late father's firm.

Usage notes[edit]

The plural form actiën is archaic and is no longer used in the meaning “action”. It is however still used in historical contexts for the sense “share”.

Derived terms[edit]


  • Afrikaans: aksie
  • Caribbean Javanese: aksi
  • German: Aktie
  • Indonesian: aksi
  • Malay: aksi
  • Peranakan Indonesian: actie
  • Petjo: aksi
  • Sranan Tongo: aksi

Peranakan Indonesian[edit]


Borrowed from Dutch actie (action).



  1. action
    ...marika hanja taoe „actie“.[1]...they only know "action".


  1. ^ Kwee Hing Tjiat (1921) Doea Kapala Batoe [Two Hardheaded (Persons)], Nauer & Dimmick, page 28