in·​ter·​ac·​tive | \ ˌin-tər-ˈak-tiv \

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 \ noun

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But here’s an admirable effort: The website (a site promoting Smoky Mountains tourism) created this interactive map to determine peak fall colors across the United States by county. Brian Resnick, Vox, "When and where fall foliage colors will peak, in one map," 13 Oct. 2018 This year’s Google Doodle that celebrates Independence Day features an interactive map with recipes for dishes popular in each U.S. state and territory. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "The Fourth of July Google Doodle Celebrates Each State's Most Popular Holiday Recipes," 3 July 2018 The flight tracking website’s interactive map using real-time weather and flight data was largely green this morning, meaning there are few delays and cancellations. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Fourth of July travel: Here's what you can expect today," 3 July 2018 To figure out what is what, just click on the interactive map, with yummy markings like Snow Cream in North Carolina and hamburgers in North Dakota. Leila Cobo, Billboard, "Google Doodle Celebrates 4th of July Recipes," 3 July 2018 An interactive map from the National Weather Service's Miami office shows a storm surge prediction during Hurricane Irma that allowed users to zoom in and out. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Hurricane forecasts for your block. There's a website for that now," 22 June 2018 At Liquor Lab in Manhattan, which offers interactive classes in creating craft cocktails, requests for nonalcoholic substitutions grew to 25% from 10% of students booking reservations in January. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Dry January Has New York Bartenders Mixing $10 Mocktails," 22 Jan. 2019 The interactive film will work fine on smart TVs, game consoles, web browsers, and Android and iOS hardware. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Not Bander-snatched: Black Mirror confirms fifth season plans," 28 Dec. 2018 The Galaxy Pavilion, another new feature, will be a 10,000-square-foot-plus virtual reality complex with interactive gaming for all ages (Norwegian Encore will cruise out of Miami to the Eastern Caribbean starting in November, from $549). Corina Quinn, Condé Nast Traveler, "Five New Cruise Experiences We Can’t Wait For in 2019," 12 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 \

Kids Definition of interactive

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

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interactively adverb

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