activity

noun
ac·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ ak-ˈti-və-tē How to pronounce activity (audio) \
plural activities

Definition of activity

1 : the quality or state of being active : behavior or actions of a particular kind physical activity criminal activity economic activity
2 : vigorous or energetic action : liveliness a scene of excitement and activity
3 : natural or normal function: such as
a : a process (such as digestion) that an organism carries on or participates in by virtue of being alive
b : a similar process actually or potentially involving mental function specifically : an educational procedure designed to stimulate learning by firsthand experience
4 : an active force
5a : a pursuit in which a person is active business activities social activities
b : a form of organized, supervised, often extracurricular recreation The camp offers hiking, swimming, and other activities.
6 : an organizational unit for performing a specific function also : its function or duties the restaurant inspection activity of the health department

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Examples of activity in a Sentence

The holidays always set off a lot of activity in our home. the sexual activity of married couples The police are now monitoring criminal activity in the area. She gets at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. The instruments are used to detect volcanic activity on the island. We planned an activity for the children.
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It's considered to be the start of an ongoing era of high activity for tropical cyclones and hurricanes in the Atlantic basin. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Dorian may be moving away, but there are still two months left of peak hurricane season," 8 Sep. 2019 Master Gardeners available to answer questions, free workshops and activities for families. oregonlive, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Fall garden fairs, plant sales and more," 6 Sep. 2019 Elks Club activities for September include bingo on Sept. 11, 18 and 25, and a quarter auction at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 ($2 per paddle, doors at 6 p.m.). Beverly Southall, baltimoresun.com, "Perryville: Evening of Bluegrass Sept. 21 at North East fire hall," 6 Sep. 2019 The fair will offer free flu shots and health screenings, as well as snacks, ice cream and activities for all ages. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Saratoga community briefs for the week of Sept. 6," 6 Sep. 2019 The Institute for Supply Management reported Tuesday that its August manufacturing index signaled a contraction in factory activity for the first time in three years. Washington Post, "US productivity climbs 2.3% in second quarter," 5 Sep. 2019 The Preserve in Hoover will host both races, as well as fall festival activities for all ages. al, "15 concerts to attend in September, plus more events," 4 Sep. 2019 Saunders said many of the activities the team partook in down in the Bahamas occurred organically. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Traveling across the U.S., and to the Bahamas, Ryan Saunders and the Timberwolves placing a premium on team bonding," 2 Sep. 2019 Increased attendance at state parks and forests also means greater economic activity for many Connecticut businesses supplying food, gasoline and all sorts of other goods and services to park goers, according to Hammerling. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "New “passport to the parks” bringing lots more visitors to state parks," 31 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of activity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for activity

Middle English actyvete "active life," borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French activité "power of acting, exercise of this power," borrowed from Medieval Latin āctīvitāt-, āctīvitās (Late Latin, "active form of a verb"), from Latin āctīvus active entry 1 + -itāt-, -itās -ity

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The first known use of activity was in the 15th century

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activity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of activity

: the state of being active : behavior or actions of a particular kind
: something that is done as work or for a particular purpose
: something that is done for pleasure and that usually involves a group of people

activity

noun
ac·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ ak-ˈti-və-tē How to pronounce activity (audio) \
plural activities

Kids Definition of activity

1 : energetic action There is always activity around the holidays.
2 : something done especially for relaxation or fun Summer camp provides a variety of activities for kids.

activity

noun
ac·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ ak-ˈtiv-ət-ē How to pronounce activity (audio) \
plural activities

Medical Definition of activity

1 : natural or normal function: as
a : a process (as digestion) that an organism carries on or participates in by virtue of being alive
b : a similar process actually or potentially involving mental function specifically : an educational procedure designed to stimulate learning by firsthand experience
2 : the characteristic of acting chemically or of promoting a chemical reaction the activity of a catalyst

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