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. taking part in an activity; " an active member of the club"; " he was politically active"; " the participating organizations"
  15. characterized by energetic bodily activity; " tennis is an active sport"; " a very physical dance performance"
  16. a person devoted to the active life
  17. engaged in full- time work; " active duty"; " though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"
  18. tending to become more severe or wider in scope; " active tuberculosis"
  19. ( of e. g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt; " active volcanos"
  20. expressing action rather than a state of being; used of verbs ( e. g. ` to run') and participial adjectives ( e. g. ` running' in ` running water')
  21. expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: " Hemingway favors active constructions"
  22. exerting influence or producing an effect; " an active ingredient"
  23. of the sun; characterized by a high level activity in sunspots and flares and radio emissions
  24. being in physical motion; " active fish in the aquarium"
  25. engaged in or ready for military or naval operations; " on active duty"; " the platoon is combat- ready"; " review the fighting forces"
  26. Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal.
  27. Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn.
  28. Implying or producing rapid action; as, an active disease; an active remedy.
  29. Applied to a form of the verb; -- opposed to passive. See Active voice, under Voice.
  30. Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive.
  31. Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state.
  32. Actively.
  33. 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.
  34. In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; - opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct; as, active laws; active hostilities; an active volcano.
  35. 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.
  36. Requiring or implying action or exertion; - opposed to sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or service; active scenes.
  37. Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; - opposed to speculative or theoretical; as, an active rather than a speculative statesman.
  38. Applied to a form of the verb; - opposed to passive. See voice, under Voice.
  39. 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.
  40. Activeness.
  41. Efficient, producing effect, especially a prompt effect; not passive; bustling, busy.
  42. Energetic; not indolent.
  43. That acts: busy: nimble: ( gram.) transitive.
  45. Busy; nimble; agile.
  46. Abounding in action; lively; brisk; busy.
  47. Expressing action, as a verb.
  48. 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.
  49. Nimble; lively; not dull.

Antonyms for active

aweary, fatigued, unproductive, moth-eaten, vanished, nonfunctional, fallen, gone, retired, nonproductive, absent, languid, done, deathly, enervated, numb, unusable, washed-out, unused, mossy, idle, expired, defunct, worn, inactive, nonoperating, out-of-date, indolent, inexpressive, unresisting, empty, inoperative, deceased, outdated, neolithic, bypast, unworkable, ineffectual, beaten, all in, impassive, supine, demoded, lackadaisical, leaden, outmoded, Noachian, Vegetating, outworn, sedentary, tired, passe, archaic, moribund, prehistoric, spiritless, tuckered, vacant, kaput, off, ineffective, inoperable, quiet, limp, demode, Irksome, abeyant, dark, nonoperational, boring, bleary, stative, inert, lacking, antiquated, fallow, asleep, tapped out, wearied, expressionless, lethargic, unserviceable, sluggish, deadpan, wiped out, languorous, slothful, resistless, uninvolved, spent, obsolete, Demised, dead, apathetic, deactivated, underactive, free, Pooped, stone age, Languishing, hypoactive, missing, useless, catatonic, nonfunctioning, listless, unemployed, low, sleepy, stolid, deadly, nonoperative, shiftless, blank, broken, impracticable, quiescent, trifling, dull, medieval, mortuary, cold, heavy, wanting, unambitious, nonpractical, exhausted, unoccupied, inanimate, slow, impractical, dormant, nonexistent, fossilized, dead-end, prostrate, lazy, deskbound, decommissioned, phlegmatic, nonextant, worn-out, departed, tedious, late, logy, passive, breathless, counteractive, burned-out, extinct, soggy, drained, flat, vapid, torpid, hands-off, lifeless, arrested, superannuated, jaded, bygone, bushed, latent, dated, mortal, Stagnating, beat, rusty, played out, passive voice, desk-bound, strikebound, weary.

Quotes of active

  1. The fact that the internet is so active people can now speak to me indirectly. – Randy Bachman
  2. No one who knows my personal situation would think I am not sympathetic to the needs of the active forces. – Christopher Bond
  3. As a kid I was short and only weighed 95 pounds. And though I was active in a lot of Sports and got along with most of the guys, I think I used comedy as a defense mechanism. You know making someone laugh is a much better way to solve a problem than by using your fists. – Tim Conway
  4. Why indeed must 'God' be a noun? Why not a verb- the most active and dynamic of all. – Mary Daly
  5. Some people have active imaginations, but they don't know me and they're wrong if they think they do. – Yamila Diaz
  6. We are keeping healthier and living longer and I am a good example of someone who is in the Age Concern bracket but is still working and keeping active – Susan Hampshire
  7. I am really proud to be a part in whatever way of women becoming active in the political scene. I think it was the first time that people came to terms with the reality of what it meant to have a Senate made up of 98 men and two women. – Anita Hill
  8. I'm always active in trying to educate people when it comes to eating animal products, testing on animals, and the health benefits of being vegan, although I'm probably not the best person to be talking about the latter at the moment. – Daniel Johns
  9. The main thing is that it's nice to see these young people- 9 to 14 years old- take the opportunity to get more involved in their health and fitness. We need more kids to be more active – Rafer Johnson
  10. We have an active program. We have nuclear weapons, we are a nuclear power. We have an advanced missiles program. – Ayub Khan
  11. In the seventies we had to make it acceptable for people to accept girls and women as athletes. We had to make it okay for them to be active Those were much scarier times for females in sports. – Billie Jean King
  12. Think about it: Look at the strides of awareness and treatment and tests that women have had with breast cancer, that the gay community has had with AIDS, because they're active and they talk about it. – Herbie Mann
  13. In my earlier paintings, I wanted the space between the picture plane and the spectator to be active – Bridget Riley
  14. We still have people in the active duty, and if people are feeling ill, if they're experiencing various symptoms and they're still in the active duty, they're less likely to come forward because that could result in their medical discharge. – Bernard Sanders
  15. A real active music set, based and really concentrated on what the music's all about. That's what I'm all about- singing and a really good strong music set. – Jon Secada

Usage examples for active

  1. Your brain is active and so is mine. – Recollections of a Varied Life by George Cary Eggleston
  2. Only a few of the most active entered the battle- field with it. – The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli by Johann Hottinger
  3. 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
  4. She has always been a very active woman. – The Silent Isle by Arthur Christopher Benson
  5. His feet seemed not only to be strong and active but clever on their own account. – Harding's luck by E. [Edith] Nesbit
  6. 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
  7. Then hastily John lifted Fred and in a moment the active lad was inside the barn. – The Go Ahead Boys on Smugglers' Island by Ross Kay
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. From then on he was very active – A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion by William Dobein James
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. She had a brain that was quite as active as her feet. – What's-His-Name by George Barr McCutcheon
  15. 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
  16. The anger of her cry was active in her eyes. – The Abandoned Room by Wadsworth Camp
  17. " When I go to bed," responded that active person. – Rainbow Hill by Josephine Lawrence
  18. God is active but, nevertheless, has no will. – Modern Atheism under its forms of Pantheism, Materialism, Secularism, Development, and Natural Laws by James Buchanan
  19. I've simply come here to insist on your active help. – The Living Link by James De Mille

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