What does active mean?

Definitions for active
ˈæk tɪvac·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. active agent, activenoun

    chemical agent capable of activity

  2. 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"

  3. activeadjective

    a person who is a participating member of an organization

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

  4. activeadjective

    tending to become more severe or wider in scope

    "active tuberculosis"

  5. 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"

  6. activeadjective

    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, participatingadjective

    taking part in an activity

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

  8. activeadjective

    characterized by energetic activity

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

  9. activeadjective

    exerting influence or producing a change or effect

    "an active ingredient"

  10. activeadjective

    full of activity or engaged in continuous activity

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

  11. active, alive(p)adjective

    in operation

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

  12. activeadjective

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

  13. activeadjective

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

  14. active, dynamicadjective

    (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. activeadjective

    (of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting

  16. activeadjective

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

    "active volcanos"

  17. activeadjective

    engaged in full-time work

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

Wiktionary

  1. activenoun

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

  2. activeadjective

    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. activeadjective

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

  4. activeadjective

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

  5. activeadjective

    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. activeadjective

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

  7. activeadjective

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

  8. activeadjective

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

  9. activeadjective

    Implying or producing rapid action.

  10. activeadjective

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

  11. activeadjective

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

  12. activeadjective

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

  13. activeadjective

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Activeadjective

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Activeadjective

    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. Activeadjective

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

  3. Activeadjective

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

  4. Activeadjective

    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. Activeadjective

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

  6. Activeadjective

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

  7. Activeadjective

    brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn

  8. Activeadjective

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

  9. Activeadjective

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

  10. Activeadjective

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

  11. Activeadjective

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Active

    akt′iv, adj. that acts: busy: nimble: practical, as opposed to speculative: effective: (gram.) transitive.—adv. Act′ively.—ns. Activ′ity, Act′iveness.

Editors Contribution

  1. active

    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  


  2. active

    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  


  3. active

    To use a specific computer system.

    All our crew are active and using the system.


    Submitted by MaryC on February 26, 2020  


  4. active

    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  

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of active in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of active in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of active in a Sentence

  1. Christine Hoehner:

    That finding suggested that there's something going on independent of the fact that people are less active, potentially something related to stress.

  2. Brian Apatoff:

    We were able to show that with this very infrequent administration, patients were able to achieve a level of remission that we didn't see with the other active comparator in this study.

  3. La Puma:

    This helps your body absorb more of the curcumin, which is the active ingredient in turmeric that delivers the positive health effects.

  4. Joseph Hayes:

    Schools could integrate light activity into their pupils' days, such as with standing or active lessons, it doesn't require much effort and it's easy to fit into the daily routines of most young people.

  5. Defense Mark Esper:

    The entire Department is deeply saddened by the loss of our first active duty member to Covid-19. Our thoughts are with the family of the Theodore Roosevelt sailor who lost Theodore Roosevelt battle with the virus today. We remain committed to protecting our personnel and their families while continuing to assist in defeating this outbreak.

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