: producing or involving action or movement
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.
: expressing action as distinct from mere existence or state
active verbs such as "eat" and "sing"
: requiring vigorous action or exertion
: disposed to action : energetic
took an active interest
: engaged in an action or activity
an active club member
of a volcano : currently erupting or likely to erupt compare dormant sense 2a, extinct entry 1 sense 1b
: characterized by emission of large amounts of electromagnetic energy
an active galactic nucleus
: engaged in full-time service especially in the armed forces
: marked by present operation, transaction, movement, or use
an active account
: capable of acting or reacting : reacting readily
: tending to progress or to cause degeneration
of an electronic circuit element : capable of controlling voltages or currents
: requiring the expenditure of energy
active calcium ion uptake
: functioning by the emission of radiant energy or sound
radar is an active sensor
: still eligible to win the pot in poker
: moving down the line : visiting in the set —used of couples in contra dances or square dances
medical : producing active immunity
Active immunization against Bordetella pertussis, the causative agent of whooping cough, is now usually achieved with combined pertussis-tetanus-diphtheria (DTP) vaccine.—Scientific American Medicine
: an active person : one engaged in an action or activity
fraternity alumni and actives
We announced in December that Instagram now has over 600 million monthly actives and recently passed 400 million daily actives.—Mark Zuckerberg
Adjective 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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
AdjectiveIt is packed with active ingredients like retinol and niacinamide to help fade fine lines and wrinkles while also evening skin tone. —Tatjana Freund, elle.com, 1 June 2023 Franklin has emerged in recent years as one of the money-management industry’s most active acquirers. —Justin Baer, WSJ, 31 May 2023 The rise in food insecurity — lacking enough food to live a healthy, active life — comes as the nation has ended the pandemic emergency and the economy, by many measures, continues to be strong. —Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 31 May 2023 The suit is made with a stretchy nylon and spandex blend for breathability and movement on even your most active vacations, and removable padding in the top offers customizable coverage and support. —Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 30 May 2023 Plumbers also advise against toilet tablets, with chlorine or bleach as their active ingredient. —Rachel Kurzius, Anchorage Daily News, 30 May 2023 Paying Tribute to the Celebrities Who Have Died in 2023 Simonischek supplemented his active theater career with work on screen beginning in the 1970s, working largely in German-language television and movies. —Tommy Mcardle, Peoplemag, 30 May 2023 Other notes about the tournament: —Vanderbilt has the longest active streak with its 17th straight appearance. —Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 29 May 2023 Bottom: Williams didn’t let a ball leave the infield and earned a 1-2-3 inning while both bullpens start to get active. —Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 28 May 2023
NounMost daily treatments have either too many actives for delicate skin or don't really do anything at all. —Lindsey Metrus, Peoplemag, 30 May 2023 The Outset Firming Vegan Collagen Prep Serum $46 at Olivela Pros Non-irritating Cons Actress Scarlett Johansson helped create this firming serum, which utilizes vegan collagen and botanical actives to promote radiance, increase elasticity, and minimize the appearance of wrinkles. —Iman Balagam, harpersbazaar.com, 6 May 2023 The facial oil completes the set with its lightweight formula featuring English Rose Oleo extract and marine actives, which help make the skin look smoother and brighter. —Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2023 While exfoliating ingredients are necessary for that youthful glow, taking too many actives to the face can cause something called your skin barrier to become compromised, which contributes to irritation. —April Benshosan, Women's Health, 23 Feb. 2023 Free from potentially harmful actives: Avoid products that contain ingredients like oxybenzone and benzene, which research shows have the potential to be problematic for health. —Katie Berohn, Good Housekeeping, 17 Feb. 2023 This overnight mask has 22 different actives including gardenia jasminoides extract, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and rose flower water to work overnight to help your skin rebuild collagen and hydrate. —Erica Smith, ELLE, 5 Apr. 2023 Her team aims to create formulas with a combination of actives and naturals at ideal pH levels. —Neha Tandon, Women's Health, 2 Apr. 2023 After harvesting the antioxidant-rich flowers by hand and promptly freezing them to preserve their youth-boosting actives, they are combined with a trio of smoothing peptides. —Lisa Desantis, Allure, 23 Mar. 2023 See More
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