Alternative formsEdit


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): /ˈɑk.si/
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  • 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
  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.
  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 notesEdit

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 termsEdit


  • Afrikaans: aksie
  • Caribbean Javanese: aksi
  • German: Aktie
  • Malay: aksi
  • Sranan Tongo: aksi