active

[ ak-tiv ]
/ ˈæk tɪv /

adjective

noun

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decorum

Origin of active

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

SYNONYMS FOR active

ANTONYMS FOR active

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM active

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British Dictionary definitions for actives

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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