What does activity mean?

Definitions for activity
ækˈtɪv ɪ tiac·tiv·i·ty

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word activity.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. activitynoun

    any specific behavior

    "they avoided all recreational activity"

  2. action, activity, activenessnoun

    the state of being active

    "his sphere of activity"; "he is out of action"

  3. bodily process, body process, bodily function, activitynoun

    an organic process that takes place in the body

    "respiratory activity"

  4. activitynoun

    (chemistry) the capacity of a substance to take part in a chemical reaction

    "catalytic activity"

  5. natural process, natural action, action, activitynoun

    a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)

    "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"

  6. activeness, activitynoun

    the trait of being active; moving or acting rapidly and energetically

    "the level of activity declines with age"


  1. activitynoun

    The state or quality of being active; nimbleness; agility; vigorous action or operation; energy; active force; as, an increasing variety of human activities.

    Pit row was abuzz with activity.

  2. activitynoun

    something done as an action or a movement

    The activity for the morning was a walk to the store.

  3. activitynoun

    something done for pleasure or entertainment, especially one involving movement or an excursion.

    Quilting can be a fun activity.

  4. activitynoun

    Use (of internet, playstation, bank account etc.)

  5. Etymology: From activité, from activitas.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Activitynoun

    The quality of being active, applied either to things or persons.

    Etymology: from active.

    Salt put to ice, as in the producing of the artificial ice, increaseth the activity of cold. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 73.

    Our adversary will not be idle, though we are; he watches every turn of our soul, and incident of our life; and, if we remit our activity, will take advantage of our indolence. John Rogers.


  1. activity

    Activity refers to a state of action or the process of doing something, involving a certain amount of effort or work. It can also describe a certain task, project, or function that is carried out or performed, often as part of a larger plan or system. In various contexts, activity can refer to a specific event or gathering organized for a particular purpose, such as leisure, education, or business.

  2. activity

    Activity refers to a state of action or the act of doing something. It could involve work, task, exercise, or pursuit that requires effort or movement. It can range from physical exertions, such as sports and dancing, to mental tasks like reading, studying, or planning. In a broader sense, it can also represent a set of actions or operations to achieve a specific goal or objective.

  3. activity

    Activity refers to the state of being active, engaged, or involved in a particular action or series of actions. It can also denote a specific task, venture, or undertaking that requires energy and movement. This can range from physical exercises, mental tasks, group projects, individual endeavors, and more. In a broader context, activity can also refer to a significant occurrence or event.

  4. activity

    Activity refers to the condition of being engaged in actions or tasks that require effort, energy, or movement. It can also relate to a specific task, project, event or endeavor that one performs or participates in, often for a particular purpose. In other contexts, it can refer to a physical or mental action, operation, or occurrence.

  5. activity

    Activity is the state or condition of being involved, engaged or busy with something. It can refer to actions, tasks, operations, or work carried out by an individual, group, or system. In a different context, it could also mean the degree of energy displayed in an action or movement.

  6. activity

    Activity is the state or condition of being involved, engaged or occupied in an action or series of actions, that may be related to work, leisure, or personal interest, often characterized by exertion or energy. It can also refer to a specific task, project or event that an individual, group, or organization undertakes or participates in.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Activitynoun

    the state or quality of being active; nimbleness; agility; vigorous action or operation; energy; active force; as, an increasing variety of human activities

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Activity

    The rate of doing work; the work done per second by any expenditure of energy. The activity of a horse-power is 550 foot lbs. per second, or 746 volt-coulombs per second. The practical electric unit is the volt-ampere, often called the watt. (Sec Energy, Electric.)

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. activity

    1. A unit, organization, or installation performing a function or mission, e.g., reception center, redistribution center, naval station, naval shipyard. 2. A function, mission, action, or collection of actions. Also called ACT. See also establishment.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. activity

    The virtue of acting. The sphere of activity is the surrounding space to which the efficacy of a body extends, as the attraction of the magnet.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. activity

    In a military sense, denotes attention, labor, diligence, and study.

Editors Contribution

  1. activity

    A form of action or rate of work.

    The business activity level was moderate and the crew were providing a very efficient service which we were all united in delivering together.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 2, 2020  

  2. activity

    Energetic effort to do

    The activities are easy, simple and joyful and always good fun.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 12, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'activity' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #831

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'activity' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1881

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'activity' in Nouns Frequency: #139

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of activity in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of activity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of activity in a Sentence

  1. Peter Layton:

    It could be an early training deployment as part of getting the J-10 squadron operationally ready for an ADIZ( air defense identification zone) declaration, this activity may be the new normal.

  2. Sean Kirkpatrick:

    In our research, AARO has found no credible evidence thus far of extraterrestrial activity, off-world technology or objects that defy the known laws of physics.

  3. John Hoff:

    These readings suggest no significant change in the continuing low level of layoff activity.

  4. Eileen Ziesemer:

    At Ulta Beauty, the safety of our associates and guests is our highest priority, we are aware of the criminal activity at our Norridge store over the weekend and are fully cooperating with local police as they conduct the investigation.

  5. Wyndham Lewis:

    When we say science we can either mean any manipulation of the inventive and organizing power of the human intellect: or we can mean such an extremely different thing as the religion of science, the vulgarized derivative from this pure activity manipulated by a sort of priestcraft into a great religious and political weapon.

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Discuss these activity definitions with the community:

  • Silvio Gerlach
    Silvio Gerlach
    A definition of a term must NOT contain the term itself or a stem of it.

    1. Activity = "the state of being active" as defined in Webster is a tautology. I am not wiser with this definition, because it avoids a definition...

    2. An activity is obviously something dynamic... so it cannot be a state, it must be some process

    3. here is a suggestion for a definition: an activity is the intended or unintended change of a system

    Feedback welcomed!
    LikeReply5 years ago
  • Raissa Kenmoe
    Raissa Kenmoe
    for me activity is what we do every day.
    including actions
    LikeReply 49 years ago

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