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 interactive (audio) \ noun

Examples of interactive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Learn more about their interactive game app Mars AR. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, "Low-income Californians to receive $600 state stimulus," 18 Feb. 2021 The Carlsbad Village Association is hosting an interactive Treasure Hunt game that gives shoppers the opportunity to experience downtown Carlsbad and get to know the Village businesses, history, and iconic places a little bit better. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Communities offer specials for Small Business Saturday," 27 Nov. 2020 Using the famous 1920s unsolved slaying of Hollywood director William Desmond Taylor as a jumping-off point, the show invites audiences to become part of the action in a blend of live performance and interactive game. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Citizen Detective offers a heartening clue for the future of virtual theater: Review," 23 Nov. 2020 Help kids find their funny bone with this interactive game. Jamie Kiffel-alcheh, National Geographic, "The latest health kick for kids: kindness," 13 Nov. 2020 According to their interactive map, total greenhouse emissions rose 88% in Nashville from 1990 to 2017, and that's not simply because of population growth. Star Tribune, "Even for bargain hunters, green cars make sense," 26 Jan. 2021 Both restaurants and bars are now allowed to offer valet services and video games/ interactive amusements. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "What Texas' reopening phase 3 means for restaurant and bars," 4 June 2020 Artworks featured in Come to Your Census include the video and photo series Beautiful by Night and an interactive questionnaire, Con•sense•us in the time of Dis•sense•us, that pairs census questions with cultural context. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Art Campaign Wants You to Participate in the 2020 Census," 2 Apr. 2020 Enter your address on our interactive map to see the 30-year risk., "Express Briefing: The push to save S.A.'s historic energy-friendly homes," 19 Jan. 2021

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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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“Interactive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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