[ ak-tiv ]
/ ˈæk tɪv /
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being in a state of existence, progress, or motion: active hostilities.
involving physical effort and action: active sports.
having the power of quick motion; nimble: active as a gazelle.
characterized by action, motion, volume, use, participation, etc.: an active market in wheat; an active list of subscribers.
effective (opposed to inert): active ingredients.
Grammar. noting or pertaining to a voice of verbal inflection in which typically the subject of the sentence is represented as performing the action expressed by the verb (opposed to passive): Writes in He writes a letter every day is an active verb form.
requiring or giving rise to action; practical: an active course.
Geology. (of a volcano) having erupted within the last 10,000 years and likely to do so again or currently in a state of eruption.Compare dormant (def. 6), extinct (def. 5).
Accounting. profitable; busy: active accounts.
requiring personal effort or attention; not automatic: an active alarm system.
interest-bearing: active paper.
Medicine/Medical. acting quickly; producing immediate effects: active remedies.
Sociology. (of a crowd) engaging in purposeful activity, often of a militant nature.Compare expressive (def. 4).
Aerospace. able to transmit signals: an active communications satellite.
Electronics. (of a device or system) acting as a source of electrical energy, as a generator, or capable of amplifying or converting voltages or currents, as a transistor or diode.
(of a solar heating system) accumulating and distributing solar heat by mechanical means.
Military. serving on active duty.
- the active voice.
- a form or construction in the active voice.
an active person, member, subscriber, etc.: The circular was mailed only to the actives on our list.
Informal. something showing considerable action or activity: On the stock market there was heavy trading in the actives.
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Origin of active
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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
ac·tive·ly, adverbac·tive·ness, nounnon·ac·tive, adjective, nounpre·ac·tive, adjective
pre·ac·tive·ness, nounqua·si-ac·tive, adjectivesem·i·ac·tive, adjectivesem·i·ac·tive·ness, nounsu·per·ac·tive, adjectivesu·per·ac·tive·ness, noun
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How to use active in a sentence
The company had 31 million daily active users during the first nine months of the year, up 82% from the same period in 2019, according to the filing.Roblox files for IPO as pandemic drives video game growth|Verne Kopytoff|November 20, 2020|Fortune
We also recommend cutting back on workouts in athletes with signs of active pericarditis.Teen athletes with even mild COVID-19 can develop heart problems|Partho Sengupta|November 18, 2020|Science News For Students
Both sides became active when the youngest children tried to understand a sentence.Kids use more of the brain than adults do to process language|Diane Lincoln|November 13, 2020|Science News For Students
Sephora has a pre-approved group of employee influencers who are active on TikTok, which Vox called the “Sephora Squad.”Retailers are pushing their employees to become TikTok influencers|jim cooper|November 11, 2020|Digiday
Netflix has already been more active in dispensing its programming outside of its own platform.TV networks cut costs to confront shrinking profits amid streaming shift|Tim Peterson|November 11, 2020|Digiday
British Dictionary definitions for active
/ (ˈæktɪv) /
in a state of action; moving, working, or doing something
busy or involvedan active life
exerting influence; effectivean active ingredient
- denoting a voice of verbs used to indicate that the subject of a sentence is performing the action or causing the event or process described by the verb, as kicked in The boy kicked the footballCompare passive (def. 5)
- another word for nonstative
being fully engaged in military service (esp in the phrase on active service)
(of a volcano) erupting periodically; not extinctCompare dormant (def. 3), extinct (def. 3)
astronomy (of the sun) exhibiting a large number of sunspots, solar flares, etc, and a marked variation in intensity and frequency of radio emissionCompare quiet (def. 8)
- 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
mainly US a member of an organization who participates in its activities
Derived forms of activeactively, adverbactiveness, noun
Word Origin for active
C14: from Latin āctīvus. See act, -ive
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