activity

noun
ac·tiv·i·ty | \ak-ˈti-və-tē \
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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During an opening group activity, campers introduced themselves by saying their name and favorite food. Amelia Nierenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "‘It feels nice to be with other people who have been through it:’ At Camp Kangaroo, grieving kids come together to talk, reflect, and play," 14 July 2018 Games, science activities, crafts and music will keep your child busy from 9 a.m. to noon every day that week. Tracy Trobridge, Howard County Times, "Glenwood Lions Club recognizes police and fire heroes [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]," 12 July 2018 Of course the fact (is) that so much money has gone to support malign activities elsewhere, with very little focus on the economy itself. Washington Post, "US official links economic protests in Iran to sanctions," 12 July 2018 At the museum, Akins coordinates youth activities, oversees the girls’ computer coding classes and assists with events. Kari Barnett, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Spady Museum education coordinator appointed to Delray's Public Art Advisory Board," 10 July 2018 The company’s devices work together to record one’s weight and activity, which can appear on a user’s online profile. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Polar Fitness suspends its global activity map after privacy concerns," 8 July 2018 Previous videos posted by the deceased and the High on Life channel show lots of exotic travel as well as some high-risk outdoor activities, including cliff jumping and crossing decrepit rail bridges. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "3YouTube Daredevils Dead in Waterfall Accident," 7 July 2018 Linda Robertson Miami Herald South Dade should be linked to the rest of the county by rail that runs above the traffic, not alongside of it, exposed to the usual obstructions of accidents, road work, police activity, etc. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "South Miami-Dade leaders are right: If they settle for buses, they’ll never get rail," 6 July 2018 She was snapped enjoying the day’s activities, as Harry — a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador — extolled their joint interest in getting to know the leaders being recognized. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Held Hands Like a Regular Couple at This Royal Event," 6 July 2018

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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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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 \
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 \
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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