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Meaning & Definition of Active in English

English

Active

/æktɪv/

noun

1. Chemical agent capable of activity

    synonym:
  • active agent
  • ,
  • active

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"
    synonym:
  • active voice
  • ,
  • active

3. A person who is a participating member of an organization

  • "The club issues a list of members, both the actives and the retirees"
    synonym:
  • active

adjective

1. Tending to become more severe or wider in scope

  • "Active tuberculosis"
    synonym:
  • active

2. Engaged in or ready for military or naval operations

  • "On active duty"
  • "The platoon is combat-ready"
  • "Review the fighting forces"
    synonym:
  • active
  • ,
  • combat-ready
  • ,
  • fighting(a)

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • active

4. Taking part in an activity

  • "An active member of the club"
  • "He was politically active"
  • "The participating organizations"
    synonym:
  • active
  • ,
  • participating

5. Characterized by energetic activity

  • "An active toddler"
  • "Active as a gazelle"
  • "An active man is a man of action"
    synonym:
  • active

6. Exerting influence or producing a change or effect

  • "An active ingredient"
    synonym:
  • active

7. Full of activity or engaged in continuous activity

  • "An active seaport"
  • "An active bond market"
  • "An active account"
    synonym:
  • active

8. In operation

  • "Keep hope alive"
  • "The tradition was still alive"
  • "An active tradition"
    synonym:
  • active
  • ,
  • alive(p)

9. (of the sun) characterized by an increased occurrence of sunspots and flares and radio emissions

    synonym:
  • active

10. Expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: "hemingway favors active constructions"

    synonym:
  • active

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

    synonym:
  • active
  • ,
  • dynamic

12. (of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting

    synonym:
  • active

13. (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt

  • "Active volcanos"
    synonym:
  • active

14. Engaged in full-time work

  • "Active duty"
  • "Though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"
    synonym:
  • active

Examples of using

They are more active at night.
Tom lives an active life.
Mary is sexually active.