Definitions of active

  1. the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb; "` The boy threw the ball' uses the active voice"
  2. chemical agent capable of activity
  3. Activeness.
  4. Actively.
  5. ( military) engaged in or ready for military or naval operations; " on active duty"; " the platoon is combat- ready"; " review the fighting forces"
  6. engaged in full- time work; " active duty" ( military); " though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"
  7. full of activity or engaged in continuous activity; " an active seaport"; " an active bond market"; " an active account"
  8. ( pathology) tending to become more severe or wider in scope; " active tuberculosis"
  9. disposed to take action or effectuate change; " a director who takes an active interest in corporate operations"; " an active antagonism"; " he was active in drawing attention to their grievances"
  10. producing activity or change
  11. ( of e. g. volcanos) being in a state of action or potential action; " active volcanos"
  12. ( grammar) active voice
  13. ( astronomy; of the sun) characterized by a high level activity in sunspots and flares and radio emissions
  14. in operation; " keep hope alive"; " the tradition was still alive"; " an active tradition"
  15. characterized by energetic bodily activity; " tennis is an active sport"; " a very physical dance performance"
  16. engaged in full- time work; " active duty"; " though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"
  17. tending to become more severe or wider in scope; " active tuberculosis"
  18. ( of e. g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt; " active volcanos"
  19. expressing action rather than a state of being; used of verbs ( e. g. ` to run') and participial adjectives ( e. g. ` running' in ` running water')
  20. expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: " Hemingway favors active constructions"
  21. exerting influence or producing an effect; " an active ingredient"
  22. of the sun; characterized by a high level activity in sunspots and flares and radio emissions
  23. being in physical motion; " active fish in the aquarium"
  24. engaged in or ready for military or naval operations; " on active duty"; " the platoon is combat- ready"; " review the fighting forces"
  25. Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal.
  26. Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn.
  27. Implying or producing rapid action; as, an active disease; an active remedy.
  28. Applied to a form of the verb; -- opposed to passive. See Active voice, under Voice.
  29. Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive.
  30. Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state.
  31. Having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; acting; - opposed to passive, that receives; as, certain active principles; the powers of the mind.
  32. In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; - opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct; as, active laws; active hostilities; an active volcano.
  33. Given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic; diligent; busy; - opposed to dull, sluggish, indolent, or inert; as, an active man of business; active mind; active zeal.
  34. Requiring or implying action or exertion; - opposed to sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or service; active scenes.
  35. Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; - opposed to speculative or theoretical; as, an active rather than a speculative statesman.
  36. Applied to a form of the verb; - opposed to passive. See voice, under Voice.
  37. Having or using the power or quality of motion or force; lively; busy; moving freely or quickly; in grammar, denoting the voice or form of the verb which represents the subject as a doer of something.
  38. That acts: busy: nimble: ( gram.) transitive.
  39. ACTIVITY, ACTIVENESS.
  40. Busy; nimble; agile.
  41. Abounding in action; lively; brisk; busy.
  42. Expressing action, as a verb.
  43. Having the power of acting; quick of movement; agile; busy, or constantly engaged in action; vigorous; assiduous; requiring action or exertion; practical, as opposed to speculative. Brisk Quick in operating Implying action.
  44. Nimble; lively; not dull.
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