What is active?

  • (adj): .
    Example: "Expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: "Hemingway favors active constructions"
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "active":

  • (adj): Engaged in or ready for military or naval operations.
    Example: "On active duty"
    Synonyms: combat-ready, fighting
  • (adj): Being in physical motion.
    Example: "Active fish in the aquarium"
  • (adj): In operation.
    Example: "An active tradition"
    Synonyms: alive
  • (adj): Expressing action rather than a state of being; used of verbs (e.g. 'to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. 'running' in 'running water').
    Synonyms: dynamic
  • (noun): The voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb.
    Example: "'The boy threw the ball' uses the active voice"
    Synonyms: active voice
  • (adj): Characterized by energetic bodily activity.
    Example: "Tennis is an active sport"
    Synonyms: physical
  • (adj): Disposed to take action or effectuate change.
    Example: "A director who takes an active interest in corporate operations"; "an active antagonism"; "he was active in drawing attention to their grievances"
  • (adj): Engaged in full-time work.
    Example: "Active duty"; "though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"
  • (adj): Taking part in an activity.
    Example: "An active member of the club"; "he was politically active"
    Synonyms: participating
  • (adj): Producing activity or change.
  • (adj): Full of activity or engaged in continuous activity.
    Example: "An active seaport"; "an active bond market"; "an active account"
  • (noun): Chemical agent capable of activity.
    Synonyms: active agent
  • (adj): (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt.
    Example: "Active volcanos"
  • (adj): Tending to become more severe or wider in scope.
    Example: "Active tuberculosis"
  • (noun): A person devoted to the active life.
  • (adj): Exerting influence or producing an effect.
    Example: "An active ingredient"
  • (adj): Of the sun; characterized by a high level activity in sunspots and flares and radio emissions.
  • (adj): Characterized by energetic activity.
    Example: "An active toddler"; "active as a gazelle"; "an active man is a man of action"

Famous quotes containing the word active:

    I have ever deemed it fundamental for the United States never to take active part in the quarrels of Europe. Their political interests are entirely distinct from ours. Their mutual jealousies, their balance of power, their complicated alliances, their forms and principles of government, are all foreign to us. They are nations of eternal war.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)

    Things happen to us, all the time. It was like that for a century, and it is again. It’s not like here: People always do things, because you are born with it; you are brought up in this spirit, the active approach to life: “Stand up and go.” We were not. We were always passive in our lives.
    Natasha Dudinska (b. c. 1967)

    This teaching is not practical in the sense in which the New Testament is. It is not always sound sense in practice. The Brahman never proposes courageously to assault evil, but patiently to starve it out. His active faculties are paralyzed by the idea of caste, of impassable limits of destiny and the tyranny of time.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)