What does Active mean?
Definitions for Active
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Active.
active agent, activenoun
chemical agent capable of activity
active voice, activenoun
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"
a person who is a participating member of an organization
"the club issues a list of members, both the actives and the retirees"
tending to become more severe or wider in scope
active, combat-ready, fighting(a)adjective
engaged in or ready for military or naval operations
"on active duty"; "the platoon is combat-ready"; "review the fighting forces"
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"
taking part in an activity
"an active member of the club"; "he was politically active"; "the participating organizations"
characterized by energetic activity
"an active toddler"; "active as a gazelle"; "an active man is a man of action"
exerting influence or producing a change or effect
"an active ingredient"
full of activity or engaged in continuous activity
"an active seaport"; "an active bond market"; "an active account"
"keep hope alive"; "the tradition was still alive"; "an active tradition"
(of the sun) characterized by an increased occurrence of sunspots and flares and radio emissions
expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: "Hemingway favors active constructions"
(used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water')) expressing action rather than a state of being
(of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting
(of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt
engaged in full-time work
"active duty"; "though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"
A person or thing that is acting or capable of acting.
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.
Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal.
In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct.
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.
Requiring or implying action or exertion; opposed to sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or service; active scenes.
Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; opposed to speculative or theoretical; as, an active rather than a speculative statesman.
Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn.
Implying or producing rapid action.
Applied to a form of the verb; opposed to passive. See active voice.
Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive.
Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state.
enjoying a role in anal sex in which he penetrates, rather than being penetrated by his partner
Etymology: From actif, from actif, from activus, from agere; see act.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: activus, Lat.
These particles have not only a vis inertiæ, accompanied with such passive laws of motion, as naturally result from that force, but also they are moved by certain active principles, such as is that of gravity, and that which causes fermentation, and the cohesion of bodies. Isaac Newton, Opticks.
—— When an even flame two hearts did touch,
His office was indulgently to sit
Actives to passives, correspondency
Only his subject was. John Donne.
If you think that by multiplying the additaments in the same proportion, that you multiply the ore, the work will follow, you may be deceived: for quantity in the passive will add more resistance than the quantity in the active will add force. Francis Bacon, Physical Remains.
’Tis virtuous action that must praise bring forth,
Without which, slow advice is little worth;
Yet they who give good counsel, praise deserve,
Though in the active part they cannot serve. John Denham.
The world hath had in these men fresh experience, how dangerous such active errors are. Richard Hooker, Preface.
Some bend the stubborn bow for victory;
And some with darts their active sinews try. John Dryden, Æn. vii.
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
quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal
in action; actually proceeding; working; in force; -- opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct; as, active laws; active hostilities; an active volcano
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
requiring or implying action or exertion; -- opposed to sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or service; active scenes
given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; -- opposed to speculative or theoretical; as, an active rather than a speculative statesman
brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn
implying or producing rapid action; as, an active disease; an active remedy
applied to a form of the verb; -- opposed to passive. See Active voice, under Voice.
applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive
applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
akt′iv, adj. that acts: busy: nimble: practical, as opposed to speculative: effective: (gram.) transitive.—adv. Act′ively.—ns. Activ′ity, Act′iveness.
For a human being to have a focus, purpose and socially interact with family, members and groups within the community and society.
Her father was an active member of the local walking group and irish music centre.
Submitted by MaryC on April 2, 2020
To exercise daily.
Her Nan was active, she walked a few miles every day and her Grandfather is active too and walks the hills with his pals a few days a week.
Submitted by MaryC on April 11, 2020
To use a specific computer system.
All our crew are active and using the system.
Submitted by MaryC on February 26, 2020
To use energy for a specific purpose.
He was active in working with his wife to achieve amazing results.
Submitted by MaryC on January 13, 2020
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Active is ranked #148347 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Active surname appeared 111 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Active.
81.9% or 91 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
5.4% or 6 total occurrences were Black.
4.5% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Active' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1398
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Active' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2477
Rank popularity for the word 'Active' in Adjectives Frequency: #167
The numerical value of Active in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of Active in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of Active in a Sentence
British Prime Minister David Cameron:
We need young people to understand that here in the UK, they can shape the future by being an active part of our great democracy.
It's going to be a pretty active weekend as far as winter weather, it looks like it's going to be pretty bad across the southwest into the southern plains.
He didn't appear angry or aggressive, he seemed depressed. As a Marine vet that served in Afghanistan and as an active member of the National Guard, all my training told me he was not a threat to others or me. Because of that I attempted to de-escalate the situation. I was just doing my job.
Dollars have always gone from Afghanistan to Iran, especially through Herat, but it's really increased as the toman has fallen, the Iranians are trying everything to get hold of dollars and they've been very active about it.
We’ve had an explicitly stated ‘ no cop ’ policy since we opened, and we also don’t open membership to active members of the military.
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Translations for Active
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- نشيط, فاعل, شغال, عامل, حرك, فارهArabic
- енергичен, действащ, действителен, деен, активенBulgarian
- gewandt, tätig, aktiv, flink, rührigGerman
- aktiiv, asjalik, isikuline, tegev, tegutsev, elav, tarmukas, kehtiv, väle, usin, tegev-Estonian
- معلوم, آکتیوPersian
- spreigeach, giobachScottish Gaelic
- 活躍, ぴちぴち, 能動的, ぴんぴん, 活動的, 活発, すばしっこい, 積極的Japanese
- aktīvs, ņiprs, izdarīgs, spirgts, možs, kustīgs, darāms, mundrs, darbīgs, žirgtsLatvian
- aktif, giatMalay
- aktywny, czynnyPolish
- ativado, ativoPortuguese
- действующий, живой, действительный, деятельный, энергичный, активный, проворныйRussian
- aktíven, dejávenSlovene
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