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
Recent Examples of active from the Web
A resident says various Islamic extremists are active in the forest, including Macina Liberation Front members, jihadis from Burkina Faso and Islamic State group members.
The change in brokerage habits coincided with a shift toward passive rather than active mutual funds.
There are several more options out there, so just make sure to read the label on any product to check the active ingredient and follow their application instructions very carefully!
Led by members of the city's Maute clan, the group has become increasingly active across Lanao del Sur province, where Marawi is located, and has been instrumental in the fighting this past week.
Even Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, famous for its margarita mixers and restaurant chain, recently teamed up with a real estate developer to build an active adult community in Florida.
The United States, Carter declared, would not permit any outside power to dominate the Persian Gulf and its oil supplies, committing America for the first time to an active role in the gulf.
Armata is protected by a combination of a passive modular ceramic armor system, explosive reactive armor, and the Afghanit active protection system.
In early May, López himself was captured, but his faction remains active.
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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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