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Definitions of active

  1. ( military) engaged in or ready for military or naval operations; " on active duty"; " the platoon is combat- ready"; " review the fighting forces"
  2. 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"
  3. chemical agent capable of activity
  4. characterized by energetic activity; " an active toddler"; " active as a gazelle"; " an active man is a man of action"
  5. engaged in full- time work; " active duty" ( military); " though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"
  6. full of activity or engaged in continuous activity; " an active seaport"; " an active bond market"; " an active account"
  7. ( pathology) tending to become more severe or wider in scope; " active tuberculosis"
  8. 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"
  9. producing activity or change
  10. ( of e. g. volcanos) being in a state of action or potential action; " active volcanos"
  11. ( grammar) active voice
  12. ( astronomy; of the sun) characterized by a high level activity in sunspots and flares and radio emissions
  13. in operation; " keep hope alive"; " the tradition was still alive"; " an active tradition"
  14. characterized by energetic bodily activity; " tennis is an active sport"; " a very physical dance performance"
  15. engaged in full- time work; " active duty"; " though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"
  16. tending to become more severe or wider in scope; " active tuberculosis"
  17. ( of e. g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt; " active volcanos"
  18. expressing action rather than a state of being; used of verbs ( e. g. ` to run') and participial adjectives ( e. g. ` running' in ` running water')
  19. expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: " Hemingway favors active constructions"
  20. exerting influence or producing an effect; " an active ingredient"
  21. of the sun; characterized by a high level activity in sunspots and flares and radio emissions
  22. being in physical motion; " active fish in the aquarium"
  23. engaged in or ready for military or naval operations; " on active duty"; " the platoon is combat- ready"; " review the fighting forces"
  24. Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal.
  25. Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn.
  26. Implying or producing rapid action; as, an active disease; an active remedy.
  27. Applied to a form of the verb; -- opposed to passive. See Active voice, under Voice.
  28. Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive.
  29. Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state.
  30. Actively.
  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. Activeness.
  39. That acts: busy: nimble: ( gram.) transitive.
  40. ACTIVITY, ACTIVENESS.
  41. Busy; nimble; agile.
  42. Abounding in action; lively; brisk; busy.
  43. Expressing action, as a verb.
  44. 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.
  45. Nimble; lively; not dull.
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Usage examples for active

  1. They are such active birds that they need plenty of space. – What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  2. " When I go to bed," responded that active person. – Rainbow Hill by Josephine Lawrence
  3. His feet seemed not only to be strong and active, but clever on their own account. – Harding's luck by E. [Edith] Nesbit
  4. I've simply come here to insist on your active help. – The Living Link by James De Mille
  5. God is active; but, nevertheless, has no will. – Modern Atheism under its forms of Pantheism, Materialism, Secularism, Development, and Natural Laws by James Buchanan
  6. She was obviously of great age, but her eyes were bright and sparkling with intelligence, and she was active in her movements. – Bandit Love by Juanita Savage
  7. She had a brain that was quite as active as her feet. – What's-His-Name by George Barr McCutcheon
  8. Your brain is active and so is mine. – Recollections of a Varied Life by George Cary Eggleston
  9. All were in high spirits at the thoughts of active service, though as yet nothing of importance had been done. – The Three Commanders by W.H.G. Kingston
  10. The subchasers, however, at least had the satisfaction of having ended the active career of this boat. – The Victory At Sea by William Sowden Sims Burton J. Hendrick
  11. It would have been well for him could he have been induced to think himself fit for more active movement. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  12. I thought he would have struck Chickango, who was directly in his course; but the active black sprang out of his way, and then turning round, fired at his head. – In the Wilds of Africa by W.H.G. Kingston
  13. Only the future years of active devotion to our great common Cause could in a measure express my thankfulness and pride in you, whoever, wherever you are. – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman
  14. She has always been a very active woman. – The Silent Isle by Arthur Christopher Benson
  15. Here they are employed in various light duties until such times as they are fit for more active service. – With The Immortal Seventh Division by E. J. Kennedy and the Lord Bishop of Winchester
  16. The anger of her cry was active in her eyes. – The Abandoned Room by Wadsworth Camp
  17. Only a few of the most active entered the battle- field with it. – The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli by Johann Hottinger
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