Definitions for ACTIVEˈæk tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ac•tiveˈæk tɪv(adj.)

  1. engaged in action or activity; characterized by energetic work, motion, etc.:

    an active life.

  2. being in existence, progress, or motion:

    active hostilities.

  3. marked by or disposed to direct involvement or practical action:

    active support.

  4. involving physical action:

    active sports.

  5. agile; nimble.

  6. characterized by current activity, participation, or use:

    an active member; an active account.

  7. characterized by considerable or vigorous activity:

    an active market in wheat.

  8. capable of exerting influence

    active treason.

    Ref: (opposed to passive )

  9. effective

    active ingredients.

    Ref: (opposed to inert )

  10. of, pertaining to, or being a voice, verb form, or construction having a subject represented as performing or causing the action expressed by the verb, as the verb form write in I write letters every day (of a verb) expressing an action rather than a state; nonstative.

    Category: Grammar

    Ref: (opposed to passive ).

  11. requiring or giving rise to action; practical.

  12. (of a volcano) in eruption or liable to erupt; not dormant or extinct.

    Category: Geology

  13. (of a fault) experiencing recurrent seismic movement.

    Category: Geology

  14. acting as a source of electrical energy, as a generator. capable of amplifying or converting voltages or currents, as a transistor or diode.

    Category: Electronics

  15. (of military personnel) on active duty.

    Category: Military

  16. (n.)the active voice.

    Category: Grammar

  17. a form or construction in the active voice.

    Category: Grammar

Origin of active:

1300–50; < MF < L āctīvus < āctus, ptp. of agere to do, act

ac′tive•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. active agent, active(noun)

    chemical agent capable of activity

  2. active voice, active(noun)

    the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb

    "`The boy threw the ball' uses the active voice"

  3. active(adj)

    a person who is a participating member of an organization

    "the club issues a list of members, both the actives and the retirees"

  4. active(adj)

    tending to become more severe or wider in scope

    "active tuberculosis"

  5. active, combat-ready, fighting(a)(adj)

    engaged in or ready for military or naval operations

    "on active duty"; "the platoon is combat-ready"; "review the fighting forces"

  6. active(adj)

    disposed to take action or effectuate change

    "a director who takes an active interest in corporate operations"; "an active antagonism"; "he was active in drawing attention to their grievances"

  7. active, participating(adj)

    taking part in an activity

    "an active member of the club"; "he was politically active"; "the participating organizations"

  8. active(adj)

    characterized by energetic activity

    "an active toddler"; "active as a gazelle"; "an active man is a man of action"

  9. active(adj)

    exerting influence or producing a change or effect

    "an active ingredient"

  10. active(adj)

    full of activity or engaged in continuous activity

    "an active seaport"; "an active bond market"; "an active account"

  11. active, alive(p)(adj)

    in operation

    "keep hope alive"; "the tradition was still alive"; "an active tradition"

  12. active(adj)

    (of the sun) characterized by an increased occurrence of sunspots and flares and radio emissions

  13. active(adj)

    expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: "Hemingway favors active constructions"

  14. active, dynamic(adj)

    (used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water')) expressing action rather than a state of being

  15. active(adj)

    (of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting

  16. active(adj)

    (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt

    "active volcanos"

  17. active(adj)

    engaged in full-time work

    "active duty"; "though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. active(adjective)ˈæk tɪv

    ≠ inactive

    a very active child; active vacations; Try to keep active.

  2. activeˈæk tɪv

    participating frequently in an activity

    active in politics; an active member of the group

  3. activeˈæk tɪv

    functioning or being used

    an active volcano; an active bank account

  4. activeˈæk tɪv

    ≠ passive

    an active sentence

  5. active(noun)ˈæk tɪv

    ≠ passive

    Change these sentences into the active.

Wiktionary

  1. active(Noun)

    A person or thing that is acting or capable of acting.

  2. active(Adjective)

    Having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; acting; opposed to passive, that receives; as, certain active principles; the powers of the mind.

  3. active(Adjective)

    Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal.

  4. active(Adjective)

    In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct.

  5. active(Adjective)

    Given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic; diligent; busy; opposed to dull, sluggish, indolent, or inert; as, an active man of business; active mind; active zeal.

  6. active(Adjective)

    Requiring or implying action or exertion; opposed to sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or service; active scenes.

  7. active(Adjective)

    Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; opposed to speculative or theoretical; as, an active rather than a speculative statesman.

  8. active(Adjective)

    Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn.

  9. active(Adjective)

    Implying or producing rapid action.

  10. active(Adjective)

    Applied to a form of the verb; opposed to passive. See active voice.

  11. active(Adjective)

    Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive.

  12. active(Adjective)

    Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state.

  13. active(Adjective)

    enjoying a role in anal sex in which he penetrates, rather than being penetrated by his partner

  14. Origin: From actif, from actif, from activus, from agere; see act.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Active(adj)

    having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; acting; -- opposed to passive, that receives; as, certain active principles; the powers of the mind

  2. Active(adj)

    quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal

  3. Active(adj)

    in action; actually proceeding; working; in force; -- opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct; as, active laws; active hostilities; an active volcano

  4. Active(adj)

    given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic; diligent; busy; -- opposed to dull, sluggish, indolent, or inert; as, an active man of business; active mind; active zeal

  5. Active(adj)

    requiring or implying action or exertion; -- opposed to sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or service; active scenes

  6. Active(adj)

    given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; -- opposed to speculative or theoretical; as, an active rather than a speculative statesman

  7. Active(adj)

    brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn

  8. Active(adj)

    implying or producing rapid action; as, an active disease; an active remedy

  9. Active(adj)

    applied to a form of the verb; -- opposed to passive. See Active voice, under Voice.

  10. Active(adj)

    applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive

  11. Active(adj)

    applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state

Freebase

  1. ACTIVE

    ACTIVE - sobriety, friendship and peace is a non-governmental umbrella organisation gathering European youth temperance organisations. ACTIVE is member of the Youth Forum Jeunesse and cooperates with IOGT International. The main aim of Active is peace and tolerance in the world. Active considers alcohol and other drugs one of the main reasons for violence and conflicts in today's world and therefore members of Active promote a drug-free lifestyle by their own abstinence--to prove that having fun, making friends, and being free is possible without getting addicted and without any risk of hurting somebody or being hurt. Active provides the space for self-realisation, for making new contacts, for exchange projects, education and for being active on political level in order to make a difference. Active is a support for each national organisation in reaching the main common goal--peace and human dignity.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ACTIVE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1398

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ACTIVE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2477

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ACTIVE' in Adjectives Frequency: #167


Translations for ACTIVE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

active(adjective)

energetic or lively; able to work etc

At seventy, he's no longer very active.

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