Definition of Active in English :

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Active meaning in English

Meaning of Active in English

Pronunciation of Active in English

Active pronunciation in English

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see synonyms of active


1. active, active agent

chemical agent capable of activity

2. active, active voice

the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb

Example Sentences:
'The boy threw the ball' uses the active voice'

3. active

a person who is a participating member of an organization

Example Sentences:
'the club issues a list of members, both the actives and the retirees'


4. active

tending to become more severe or wider in scope

Example Sentences:
'active tuberculosis'

5. active, combat-ready, fighting

engaged in or ready for military or naval operations

Example Sentences:
'on active duty'
'the platoon is combat-ready'
'review the fighting forces'

6. active

disposed to take action or effectuate change

Example Sentences:
'a director who takes an active interest in corporate operations'
'an active antagonism'
'he was active in drawing attention to their grievances'

7. active, participating

taking part in an activity

Example Sentences:
'an active member of the club'
'he was politically active'
'the participating organizations'

8. active

characterized by energetic activity

Example Sentences:
'an active toddler'
'active as a gazelle'
'an active man is a man of action'

9. active

exerting influence or producing a change or effect

Example Sentences:
'an active ingredient'

10. active

full of activity or engaged in continuous activity

Example Sentences:
'an active seaport'
'an active bond market'
'an active account'

11. active, alive

in operation

Example Sentences:
'keep hope alive'
'the tradition was still alive'
'an active tradition'

12. active

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

13. active

expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor:

Example Sentences:
'Hemingway favors active constructions'

14. active, dynamic

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

15. active

(of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting

16. active

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

Example Sentences:
'active volcanos'

17. active

engaged in full-time work

Example Sentences:
'active duty'
'though past retirement age he is still active in his profession'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of active
in a state of action; moving, working, or doing something
busy or involved
an active life
physically energetic
exerting influence; effective
an active ingredient
5. grammar
denoting a voice of verbs used to indicate that the subject of a sentence is performing the action or causing the event or process described by the verb, as kicked in The boy kicked the football
Compare passive (sense 5)
b.  another word for nonstative
being fully engaged in military service (esp in the phrase on active service)
(of a volcano) erupting periodically; not extinct
Compare dormant (sense 3), extinct (sense 3)
8. astronomy
(of the sun) exhibiting a large number of sunspots, solar flares, etc, and a marked variation in intensity and frequency of radio emission
Compare quiet (sense 8)
9. business
producing or being used to produce profit, esp in the form of interest
active balances
of or denoting stocks or shares that have been actively bought and sold as recorded in the Official List of the London Stock Exchange
10. electronics
containing a source of power
an active network
capable of amplifying a signal or controlling some function
an active component
an active communication satellite
11. grammar
the active voice
an active verb
12. mainly US
a member of an organization who participates in its activities

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see synonyms of active
that is acting, functioning, working, moving, etc.
capable of acting, functioning, etc.
causing action, motion, or change
characterized by much action or motion; lively, busy, agile, quick, etc.
an active mind, an active boy
actual, not just nominal; participating
an active interest, to play an active role
necessitating action or work
currently in operation, in effect, in progress, etc.
an active law, an active disease
in eruption
an active volcano
8.  Grammar
denoting the voice or form of a verb whose subject is the performer, or agent, of the action of the verb
see also passive
in or of the active voice
showing action rather than state of being
said of verbs like throw and walk
an active member of an organization
10.  Grammar
the active voice
a verb in this voice

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of active
1. Being in physical motion: active fish in the aquarium.
2. Functioning or capable of functioning.
a. Marked by energetic activity; busy: active stock and bond markets; spent an active day sightseeing.
b. Involving or requiring physical exertion and energy: an active workout at the gym.
a. Being in a state of action; not quiescent: active hostilities along the border.
b. Erupting or liable to erupt; not dormant: an active volcano.
a. Marked by or involving direct participation: took an active interest in politics; played an active role on the committee.
b. Currently in use or effect: an active membership.
c. Openly acknowledged or expressed: an active dislike of the new neighbors.
6. Producing an intended action or effect: active ingredients.
7. Grammar
a. Indicating that the grammatical subject of a verb is performing or causing the action expressed. Used of a verb form or voice.
b. Expressing action rather than a state of being. Used of verbs such as run, speak, and move.
8. Of or relating to the management of an investment portfolio by continually making investment decisions based on new information as opposed to maintaining a predetermined strategy or reproducing the returns of a market or index.
9. Electronics
a. Being a source of electrical energy, as a generator.
b. Capable of converting or amplifying voltages or currents, as a diode or transistor.
10. Being on full military duty and receiving full pay.
1. Grammar
a. The active voice.
b. A construction or form in the active voice.
2. A participating member of an organization: union actives.

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