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Adjective: active  ak-tiv
  1. (pathology) tending to become more severe or wider in scope
    "active tuberculosis"
     
  2. (military) engaged in or ready for military or naval operations
    "on active duty";
    - combat-ready, fighting
     
  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"
     
  4. Taking part in an activity
    "an active member of the club"; "he was politically active";
    - participating
     
  5. Characterized by energetic activity
    "an active toddler"; "active as a gazelle"; "an active man is a man of action"
     
  6. Exerting influence or producing a change or effect
    "an active ingredient"
     
  7. Full of activity or engaged in continuous activity
    "an active seaport"; "an active bond market"; "an active account"
     
  8. In operation
    "an active tradition";
    - alive
     
  9. (of the sun) characterized by an increased occurrence of sunspots and flares and radio emissions
     
  10. (grammar) expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor
    "Hemingway favours active constructions"
     
  11. (grammar) expressing action rather than a state of being
    - dynamic
     
  12. (of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting
     
  13. (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt
    "active volcanos"
     
  14. Engaged in full-time work
    "active duty"; "though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"
Noun: active  ak-tiv
  1. Chemical agent capable of activity
    - active agent
     
  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";
    - active voice
     
  3. A person who is a participating member of an organization
    "the club issues a list of members, both the actives and the retirees"

Derived forms: actives

See also: about, acrobatic, action, activated, activeness, activist, activistic, activity, agile, alive, astir, athletic, brisk, bustling, busy, counteractive, energetic, eruptive, existent, existing, going, gymnastic, hands-on, hot, hyper, hyperactive, involved, live, lively, nimble, on the go, open, operational, overactive, proactive, progressive, quick, sporty, springy, spry, surface-active

Type of: chemical agent, individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul, voice

Antonym: dormant, extinct, inactive, passive, quiet, stative

Encyclopedia: Active