- the active voice.
- a form or construction in the active voice.
Origin of active
Examples from the Web for active
“The United States had gone to war declaring it must destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program,” the Times reported.
Along the river, crumbling remnants of an active trading hub are overtaken by nature.
Female members have been involved in the carnage for the past two years, but never in such an active role.
It took three weeks for RSD to learn that James Seevakumaran had been an active member of its community.
However there is little doubt that Harry has felt at his most happy and fulfilled when he has been active in his army life.
He was a handsome youngster, lightly clad and barefooted; and, although not yet full grown, of a strong and active build.Kate Bonnet|Frank R. Stockton
But when learning the above series by my method, it was kept in an active state.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
An “active” or “passive” expression of the eyes was looked upon as especially significant.The Measurement of Intelligence|Lewis Madison Terman
The years from 1854 to 1860 were on his part years of constant, active, and unwearied effort.The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln|Francis Fisher Browne
These are often charitable and public-spirited, and active in municipal rather than in parliamentary life.The Long White Cloud|William Pember Reeves
British Dictionary definitions for active
- producing or being used to produce profit, esp in the form of interestactive balances
- of or denoting stocks or shares that have been actively bought and sold as recorded in the Official List of the London Stock Exchange
- containing a source of poweran active network
- capable of amplifying a signal or controlling some functionan active component; an active communication satellite
- the active voice
- an active verb
Word Origin for active
Word Origin and History for active
mid-14c., "given to worldly activity" (opposed to contemplative or monastic), from Old French actif (12c.) or directly from Latin activus, from actus (see act (n.)). As "capable of acting" (opposed to passive), from late 14c. Meaning "energetic, lively" is from 1590s; that of "working, effective, in operation" is from 1640s. Active voice is recorded from 1765 (grammatical use of active dates from mid-15c.).