Meaning of 'active'

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Meaning of ‘active’

17 definitions found.



characterized by energetic activity

Example: "an active toddler"


engaged in full-time work

Example: "active duty"


full of activity or engaged in continuous activity

Example: "an active seaport"


tending to become more severe or wider in scope

Example: "active tuberculosis"


disposed to take action or effectuate change

Example: "a director who takes an active interest in corporate operations"


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

Example: "active volcanos"


capable of erupting

Example: "The volcano is still active to this day. "

Synonyms: live


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

Synonyms: dynamic


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


exerting influence or producing a change or effect

Example: "an active ingredient"


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


in operation

Synonyms: alive


taking part in an activity

Example: "an active member of the club"

Synonyms: participating


engaged in or ready for military or naval operations

Example: "on active duty"

Synonyms: combat-ready fighting


a person who is a participating member of an organization

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


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: "My editor prefers writing that uses the active voice."

Synonyms: active voice


chemical agent capable of activity

Synonyms: active agent

Source: WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University

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