interactive

adjective
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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Once again, families can enjoy everything from an anti-aircraft gun nest and what is called the giant Hawk’s Nest — complete with giant eggs — perched on a ravine for bird watching and other interactive activities. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "The natural and historic charms at Fort Sheridan open to public again," 3 July 2018 Country LakeShake features a view of the city's skyline, a variety of food trucks, a wine lounge, a Blackhawks bar, pop-up performances, interactive activities and line dancing. Chrissie Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Country Lakeshake bringing the best, the brightest and everybody else," 19 June 2018 Visitors can also participate in hands-on, interactive activities at the Curious Creatures Learning Lab. Brittany Nader, cleveland.com, "Akron Zoo brings new exotic animals to June Curious Creatures exhibit," 15 May 2018 For audience members, concerts are still largely a passive spectator sport, rather than a truly participatory, interactive activity driven by the latest technology. Cherie Hu, Billboard, "Why Madison Square Garden Thinks It Has Designed the Venue Of the Future," 9 Feb. 2018 Features puppet skits, music by Juanita, puppet DJs and dance party, silent art auction and interactive puppet activities. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "The circus is in town, plus Valentine's Day events. Here's what to do in Louisville," 7 Feb. 2018 On Tuesdays, the attraction opens at 9:30 a.m. to host Toddler Time, a half-hour interactive and educational program for young explorers who are 2 years old or younger. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Sea Life Orlando marks Shark Month with 'sharkfie' opportunities," 9 July 2018 Turtle Tales An imaginative and interactive story time for ages 2-3 yrs. filled with music, puppets, stories, movement, felt boards and finger play. 10-10:45 a.m. Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Delray Beach area events: July 4-14," 3 July 2018 Shake, Rattle & Roll, Saturday, 11 a.m. Join Weston local Lou Abbott, for this highly interactive, all-ages rock concert. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "Family fun: Summer workshops, military day, boat show best bets for weekend," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of interactive

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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interactive

adjective

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

interactive

adjective
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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