activity

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

Essential Meaning of activity

1 : the state of being active The holidays always set off a lot of activity in our home. : behavior or actions of a particular kind the sexual activity of married couples The police are now monitoring criminal/gang/drug activity in the area. See More ExamplesThere has been an increase in the city's (level of) economic activity. She gets at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. The instruments are used to detect volcanic activity on the island.Hide
2 : something that is done as work or for a particular purpose
3 : something that is done for pleasure and that usually involves a group of people We planned an activity for the children.

Full 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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Along with work on the new building, Welch said there was limited activity on campus last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, 7 Jan. 2022 Fitness in the Park is a summer-long activity that has been operating in New York state for a decade. Melanie Radzicki Mcmanus, CNN, 6 Jan. 2022 Walking is also a whole-body activity, says Bowman. Kelly Dinardo, Health.com, 5 Jan. 2022 Mc Garry, of Control Risks, said turning off the AIS violates international maritime codes and is a red flag for illicit activity. Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2022 In the driving-rat study from 2019, the researchers were trying to look at environmental stress, and driving is an activity that turned out to reduce stress levels in the rats. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 4 Jan. 2022 Tales of downtown ghost towns have been common, but there have been some surprising activity in the commercial real estate space. Madhu Chamarty, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 Angelotta’s ski pass was scanned at a ski lift just before 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 25, but there was no other activity registered to his pass afterward. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 2 Jan. 2022 There was no further activity on his phone or ski pass, officials said, and Angelotta’s vehicle was found in the Northstar parking lot. Christian Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 27 Dec. 2021

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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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14 Jan 2022

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“Activity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/activity. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for activity

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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