in·​ter·​ac·​tive | \ ˌin-tər-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce interactive (audio) \

Definition of interactive

1 : mutually or reciprocally active
2 : involving the actions or input of a user especially : of, relating to, or being a two-way electronic communication system (such as a telephone, cable television, or a computer) that involves a user's orders (as for information or merchandise) or responses (as to a poll)

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Other Words from interactive

interactively adverb
interactivity \ ˌin-​tər-​ak-​ˈti-​və-​tē How to pronounce interactivity (audio) \ noun

Examples of interactive in a Sentence

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The vast visitors complex has hundreds of interactive activities, including an astronaut training simulator, a shuttle launch experience, and the option to share a meal with an astronaut. National Geographic, "Electrifying places to visit if you love science," 17 June 2019 The museum also houses new interactive code-breaking games. Dara Elasfar, Washington Post, "New exhibits in D.C. and Baltimore are hands-on fun.," 16 June 2019 And check out these other free family attractions: Let your creative juices run wild with interactive activities for families and kids at the Kohl’s Activity Zone. Brian Sodoma, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Have a blast at the Wisconsin State Fair on any budget," 14 June 2019 The scams can be found on almost any online platform, including social media and dating sites, as well as interactive games. Leada Gore |,, "Which state has the highest rate of catfish victims? Hint: It’s not Alabama," 12 June 2019 This High-Energy concept will feature stands selling the diverse dishes found throughout San Francisco, three bars — plus interactive sports games to play between bites and sips. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Warriors fans: Here are the first new Chase Center area restaurants," 3 June 2019 Instead, she's featured in new videos, books, and interactive activities geared towards families with children ages 2 to 6. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "'Sesame Street' Just Introduced a New Character Who Is Experiencing Homelessness," 13 Dec. 2018 In addition to the greenery, there are a number of more interactive activities, including a zoo, an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, ice skating rinks (or frozen ponds in winter), a dog run, and playgrounds. Stefanie Waldek, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Things to Do in Toronto," 27 June 2018 These include these multi-modal devices, the interactive displays, that are designed to work with voice but also complement it with visual. Eric Johnson, Recode, "What’s next for virtual assistants like Alexa? Maybe buying stuff for you automatically.," 24 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of interactive

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of interactive

: designed to respond to the actions, commands, etc., of a user
: requiring people to talk with each other or do things together


in·​ter·​ac·​tive | \ ˌin-tər-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce interactive (audio) \

Kids Definition of interactive

: designed to be used in a way that involves the frequent participation of a user interactive Web sites

Other Words from interactive

interactively adverb

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