active

[ac┬Ětive]

Something that is active is characterized by movement and action. That action might be a random or temporary movement, such as someone who is active and exercises only now and then, or something continuous, like an active strain of a virus.

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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.

Noun
a person devoted to the active life

Noun
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"

Noun
chemical agent capable of activity

Adjective
characterized by energetic activity; "an active toddler"; "active as a gazelle"; "an active man is a man of action"

Adjective
engaged in full-time work; "active duty"; "though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"

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Adjective
full of activity or engaged in continuous activity; "an active seaport"; "an active bond market"; "an active account"

Adjective
tending to become more severe or wider in scope; "active tuberculosis"

Adjective
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"

Adjective
producing activity or change

Adjective
(of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt; "active volcanos"

Adjective
expressing action rather than a state of being; used of verbs (e.g. `to run'') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running'' in `running water'')

Adjective
expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: "Hemingway favors active constructions"

Adjective
exerting influence or producing an effect; "an active ingredient"

Adjective
of the sun; characterized by a high level activity in sunspots and flares and radio emissions

Adjective S.
characterized by energetic bodily activity; "tennis is an active sport"; "a very physical dance performance"

Adjective S.
in operation; "keep hope alive"; "the tradition was still alive"; "an active tradition"

Adjective S.
taking part in an activity; "an active member of the club"; "he was politically active"; "the participating organizations"

Adjective S.
being in physical motion; "active fish in the aquarium"

Adjective S.
engaged in or ready for military or naval operations; "on active duty"; "the platoon is combat-ready"; "review the fighting forces"


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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.

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Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal.

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In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; -- opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct; as, active laws; active hostilities; an active volcano.

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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.

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Requiring or implying action or exertion; -- opposed to sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or service; active scenes.

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Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; -- opposed to speculative or theoretical; as, an active rather than a speculative statesman.

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Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn.

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Implying or producing rapid action; as, an active disease; an active remedy.

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Applied to a form of the verb; -- opposed to passive. See Active voice, under Voice.

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Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive.

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Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state.


Active

Ac"tive , a. [F. actif, L. activus, fr. agere to act.] 1. 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. 2. Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal.
Active and nervous was his gait.
3. In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; -- opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct; as, active laws; active hostilities; an active volcano. 4. 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. 5. Requiring or implying action or exertion; -- opposed to sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or service; active scenes. 6. Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; -- opposed to speculative or theoretical; as, an active rather than a speculative statesman. 7. Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn. 8. Implying or producing rapid action; as, an active disease; an active remedy. 9. (Gram.) (a) Applied to a form of the verb; -- opposed to passive. See Active voice, under Voice. (b) Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive. (c) Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state. Active capital, Active wealth, money, or property that may readily be converted into money. Syn. -- Agile; alert; brisk; vigorous; nimble; lively; quick; sprightly; prompt; energetic.

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.

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Usage Examples

But active programming consists of the design of new programs, rather than contemplation of old programs.

But I didn't really enjoy my secondary education that much, probably because I am a very physical person and don't enjoy sitting at a desk all day. I just dragged myself through GCSE and A Levels, so it suited me very much to go on to drama school, which was very active.

Clearly older women and especially older women who have led an active life or elder women who successfully maneuver through their own family life have so much to teach us about sharing, patience, and wisdom.

As the proud father of two teens and past Chairman to the Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, I am committed to educating parents and especially young people on ways to live a long, healthy and active life.

Active Evil is better than Passive Good.

All the evidence that we have indicates that it is reasonable to assume in practically every human being, and certainly in almost every newborn baby, that there is an active will toward health, an impulse towards growth, or towards the actualization.

Misspelled Form

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Other Usage Examples

As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power of the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power.

An honorable Peace is and always was my first wish! I can take no delight in the effusion of human Blood but, if this War should continue, I wish to have the most active part in it.

Before I went to jail, I was active in politics as a member of South Africa's leading organization - and I was generally busy from 7 A.M. until midnight. I never had time to sit and think.

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.

Absolutely the worst thing about this job is the travel and being away from family. I have a wife and three wonderful children, the kids are all active in sports and it's very difficult to up and leave and miss them growing up.

All the sudden high-impact stress can really take a toll on your body. So if you still want to be active and get in a good workout, go to a yoga class or pilates class, or get in some strength and conditioning.

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