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

Recent Examples on the Web Some ads will be interactive, coaxing the viewer to buy products on the spot. Joe Flint, WSJ, "Comcast’s Peacock Will Cost $4.99 a Month With Ads, $9.99 Without," 16 Jan. 2020 These Neon avatars will be interactive on smartphones or on larger screens, such as in stores. Kaya Yurieff And Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, "These were the most talked-about products at CES," 9 Jan. 2020 The music skews toward electronica with some indie in the mix, and the art is interactive. Washington Post, "Get crowds off your calendar in 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 And yet the site’s basic principle — an interactive map, with toxic release sites clearly labeled, extensive health and demographic data ready for overlay, and extensive government data available at the click of a mouse — had a clear appeal. Michael Schulson/undark, Popular Science, "U.S. government ‘retires’ (read removes) detailed pollution map from internet," 24 Dec. 2019 The updated list is interactive: Users can learn more about the occupation by clicking on a box, including median salary, expected growth in demand and the number of openings. Mark Williams,, "Ohio rolls out updated list of in-demand jobs," 13 Dec. 2019 Visitors to the museum can see ear pipes (early hearing aid devices) and a projection box that magnified sound when placed on Beethoven’s piano, as well as simulate Beethoven's deafness at an interactive station. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, "Following Beethoven’s Footsteps Through Vienna," 28 Jan. 2020 Imagine if any student, anywhere, could access authentic and engaging science experiences that bring together scientific videos, articles, animations, and interactive exercises. Eduardo Cetlin, STAT, "Science education needs a reboot. LabXchange can help," 22 Jan. 2020 There’s an interactive Tech Expo, spoken word and music performances, comedy competitions, art, workshops, after-parties and a Sunday gospel brunch. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "14 fun things to do the week of Jan. 24-30 in Dallas-Fort Worth," 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of interactive

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of interactive was in 1832

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14 Feb 2020

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“Interactive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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