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

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Whereas Google's Stadia gaming service announced last week is tied very explicitly into the potential for interactive YouTube ads, Apple Arcade doesn't care about your gaming habits or share them with publishers. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "How Many Subscriptions Can You Handle?," 25 Mar. 2019 According the the Chelsea Flower Show's announcement, the garden will include a treehouse, stream, interactive logs, a waterfall and a den. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Buckingham Palace Is In Bloom: How The Royals Are Celebrating Spring," 21 Mar. 2019 Since her DJ Tanner days, Candace has added author to her résumé, putting pen to paper for a total of five inspirational books, one children’s book, and an interactive journal. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Candace Cameron Bure's Net Worth Proves There's Nothing the 'Fuller House' Star Can't Do," 19 Mar. 2019 Basilico said the Los Angeles store also includes social/interactive elements such as a multimedia table that can help customers find the best frames for their face. Kavita Daswani,, "After having a pop-up last year, eyewear brand Ray-Ban opens a permanent L.A. store at the Grove," 26 Apr. 2018 What distinguishes the newest hotel from the first is much more robust, premium theming — more Lego models, more storytelling imagery on the walls, more interactive elements. Lori Weisberg,, "Sneak peak at Legoland's latest hotel: a castle," 23 Apr. 2018 An outdoor urban market featuring local artists, crafters, live music from A Fistful of Soul, food trucks and interactive elements. Houston Chronicle, "Family Fun: Da Camera JAM, McDonald's Children Fest and Tall Ships," 4 Apr. 2018 The exhibition will feature interactive elements in which artists share their creative processes and the inspirations behind their works, the blog item says. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney World: Epcot adding American Indian gallery," 27 Mar. 2018 There are interactive elements like a swing made from Chanel's iconic chains and a bathtub filled to the brim with pearls. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chanel Just Opened The Most Instagram-Friendly Beauty House In LA," 1 Mar. 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

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interactively adverb

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