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)

Other Words from interactive

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

Examples of interactive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not a simulacrum of his childhood bedroom—the actual bedroom, cut out of his family’s old house in Woodcliff Lake, loaded onto a trailer, and dropped off in the parking lot, as an interactive art exhibit. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 Perhaps interactive widgets are finally on the docket for iOS 16. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 16 May 2022 Creator Charlie Brooker and creative partner Annabel Jones have also been expanding the scope of Black Mirror from season to season, introducing interim specials and films like the 2018 interactive film Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 16 May 2022 And nothing is more engaging than interactive advertising. Dan Brownsher, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Simpler machines without various settings or interactive components are on the lower end, whereas more advanced machines with a monitor and other features can be pricier. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Cdn, Nasm-cpt, Good Housekeeping, 13 May 2022 On Wednesday, May 25, at 5:30 p.m., the Windsor Locks Library will host father/daughter team Lou and Jessica Pelletier for an interactive comprehensive retirement planning workshop. Hartford Courant, 12 May 2022 For example, the site ran a special interactive piece in 2006 where readers could take a tour of the USS Arizona, a Navy ship that was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, 12 May 2022 There will be a photo booth, interactive children’s crafts and information on health and wellness, home improvement, pet services and community sports and clubs. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of interactive

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Interactive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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