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 Such tours have picked up in popularity for people seeking outdoor social activity while maintaining health safety precautions and staying in small groups. Dan Sewell, Star Tribune, "With Americans anxious to go out, walking tours pick up pace," 10 Oct. 2020 Twenty-five states, including California, have statutes that criminalize certain paramilitary activity, according to a Georgetown Law report. Los Angeles Times, "What if armed, far-right groups go to the polls? Some plan to," 10 Oct. 2020 Finally, when tectonic activity formed the Isthmus of Panama roughly ten million years ago, a massive biological exchange took place. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Nearly Half of South America’s Mammals Came from North America, New Research May Explain Why," 9 Oct. 2020 Attendees can learn about conservation and the organization’s services, view painted rain barrels and visit activity stations. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Munson Woman’s 80-ft. tall black walnut tree tops ‘Big Tree’ contest: Valley Views," 9 Oct. 2020 As China bounced back from pandemic lockdowns earlier than the rest of the world, activity picked up. Liyan Qi, WSJ, "Chinese Exports to the U.S. Get a Lifeline From Coronavirus-Related Demand," 9 Oct. 2020 In addition to fresh produce stands, baked goods, and a birdhouse painting activity for children, the first 150 people Saturday will receive a free pumpkin. Patrick Strickland, Dallas News, "Garland’s farmers market returns with new name, free pumpkins and kids' activities this Saturday," 9 Oct. 2020 As a result, states like Arizona, Georgia and Texas faced a powerful wave of infections for much of the summer, setting back efforts to revive commercial activity. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Trump’s Struggles Ripple Across the Sun Belt, Endangering G.O.P. Stronghold," 9 Oct. 2020 Never mind that practice, the activity meat of the day, wasn’t scheduled to begin until nearly four hours later. oregonlive, "Oregon State starts 2020 training camp, and Trevon Bradford notices a team looking like it’s ‘headed into Year 3’," 9 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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16 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Activity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/activity. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for activity

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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