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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Recent Examples on the Web Airport leaders rely on the Transportation Security Administration’s screening figures as the most current indication of activity. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando airport travel rebounding gradually; Southwest to stop keeping middle seats open," 23 Oct. 2020 The surge of activity with just 11 days remaining in the 2020 contest highlighted the candidates' divergent strategies, styles and policy prescriptions that are shaping the campaign’s closing days. Steve Peoples, chicagotribune.com, "As campaign enters final stretch, Trump and Biden scrap on oil and the worsening COVID-19 pandemic," 23 Oct. 2020 The surge of activity with just 11 days remaining in the 2020 contest highlighted the candidates' divergent strategies, styles and policy prescriptions that are shaping the campaign's closing days. Steve Peoples, Star Tribune, "Trump, Biden scrap on oil, virus with just over a week to go," 23 Oct. 2020 Since then, it's been a whirlwind of activity: Planning their wedding (likely for spring of 2021), a successful wedding dress shopping outing for Alex, and now, test-driving some tantalizing cakes for their big day. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Alex Drummond and Mauricio Scott Just Went on an Epic Wedding Cake Tasting With Oklahoma Bakery Amy's Cakes," 23 Oct. 2020 The level of activity in the third quarter left Hamptons inventory 28.4% below the prior-year levels. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "In The Hamptons, Sales of Homes Priced at $5 Million-Plus Jumped 291% Last Quarter," 22 Oct. 2020 Though this bra is technically for low-impact workouts, our reviewers took it through all sorts of activity: 30-minute HIIT workouts, one-hour stretching sessions, Pilates classes, and even handstand training. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "The 18 Best Sports Bras of 2020 for All Types of Workouts," 20 Oct. 2020 Michigan has been a hotbed of activity in recent weeks. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, "Pete Buttigieg in Michigan: Joe Biden will bring 'competence, decency' to White House," 19 Oct. 2020 In the years since, Mr. Cooper’s life has been a flurry of activity on behalf of rowing, beyond his initial hope to reach through the emotional barriers of students living with trauma. Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pulling together: Lessons from first all-Black high school rowing team," 19 Oct. 2020

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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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28 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Activity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/activity. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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activity

noun
How to pronounce activity (audio)

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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