active vocabulary

Definition of active vocabulary

  1. :  the words one regularly uses Our passive vocabulary (the words we understand) is larger than our active vocabulary.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  characterized by action rather than by contemplation or speculation

    :  producing or involving action or movement

    :  asserting that the person or thing represented by the grammatical subject performs the action represented by the verb

  1. :  a list or collection of words or of words and phrases usually alphabetically arranged and explained or defined :  lexicon

    :  a sum or stock of words employed by a language, group, individual, or work or in a field of knowledge

    :  a list or collection of terms or codes available for use (as in an indexing system)

Seen and Heard

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to criticize severely

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