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active

[ ak-tiv ]
/ ˈæk tɪv /
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adjective
noun
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Origin of active

First recorded in 1300–50; from Latin āctīvus; replacing Middle English actif, from Middle French, from Latin; see act, -ive

synonym study for active

3. Active, energetic, strenuous, vigorous imply a liveliness and briskness in accomplishing something. Active suggests quickness and diligence as opposed to laziness or dilatory methods: an active and useful person. Energetic suggests forceful and intense, sometimes nervous, activity: conducting an energetic campaign. Strenuous implies arduous and zealous activity with a sense of urgency: a strenuous effort. Vigorous suggests strong, effective activity: using vigorous measures to accomplish an end.

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How to use active in a sentence

  • En même temps elle prend des mesures actives, et si ces mesures sont tolérées, ses prétentions augmenteront proportionnellement.

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  • All the leading junior clubs swore by him and would use no ball but his,—the champion Actives, the Alerts, the Uncas.

  • Liquors which can be made solid by the effect of certain re-actives, offer, on this account, some advantage.

British Dictionary definitions for active

active
/ (ˈæktɪv) /

adjective
noun
grammar
  1. the active voice
  2. an active verb
mainly US a member of an organization who participates in its activities

Derived forms of active

actively, adverbactiveness, noun

Word Origin for active

C14: from Latin āctīvus. See act, -ive
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