Definition of active
1 : characterized by action rather than by contemplation or speculation an active life
2 : producing or involving action or movement
3a 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 active verbs such as “eat” and “sing”
4 : quick in physical movement : lively
6 : requiring vigorous action or exertion active sports
7 : having practical operation or results : effective an active law
8a : disposed to action : energetic took an active interestb : engaged in an action or activity an active club memberc of a volcano : currently erupting or likely to erupt — compare dormant 2a, extinct 1bd : characterized by emission of large amounts of electromagnetic energy an active galactic nucleus
Examples of active in a sentence
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 and Etymology 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
ACTIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of active for English Language Learners
: 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
ACTIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of active for Students
1 : producing or involving action or movement Cats are most active at night.
2 : showing that the subject of a sentence is the doer of the action represented by the verb The word “hit” in “they hit the ball” is active.
3 : quick in physical movement : lively an active child
4 : taking part in an action or activity She is active in school athletics.
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
Legal Definition of active
1 : characterized or accomplished by action or effort active concealment — compare passive
2 : engaged or participating in action or activity paying child support but not otherwise an active parent
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