Simple Definition of active
: doing things that require physical movement and energy
: involved in the activities of a group or organization : participating in an action or activity
: involving action or participation
Full Definition of active
1 : characterized by action rather than by contemplation or speculation <an active life>
2 : producing or involving action or movement
3 a of a verb form or voice : asserting that the person or thing represented by the grammatical subject performs the action represented by the verb <hits in “he hits the ball” is active> b : expressing action as distinct from mere existence or state
4 : quick in physical movement : lively
6 : requiring vigorous action or exertion <active sports>
7 : having practical operation or results : effective <an active law>
8 a : disposed to action : energetic <took an active interest> b : engaged in an action or activity <an active club member> c of a volcano : currently erupting or likely to erupt — compare dormant 2a, extinct 1b d : characterized by emission of large amounts of electromagnetic energy <an active galactic nucleus>
Examples of active
We stay active during the cold winter months by skiing and ice skating.
We are active members of our church.
While many give money to the organization, only a few are active participants.
She was politically active as a volunteer for her state representative.
They take an active interest in their children's education.
He has taken a more active role in the production of this album.
the bank's active and inactive accounts
Origin of active
Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French actif, from Latin activus, from actus, past participle of agere to drive, do — more at agent
First Known Use: 14th century
Rhymes with active
Medical Definition of active
1: capable of acting or reacting especially in some specific way <an active enzyme> <active nitrogen>
2: tending to progress or to cause degeneration <active tuberculosis>
3: exhibiting optical activity
4: requiring the expenditure of energy <active calcium ion uptake>
5: producing active immunity <active immunization>
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