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Definitions of active

  1. (military) engaged in or ready for military or naval operations; "on active duty"; "the platoon is combat-ready"; "review the fighting forces" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb; "`The boy threw the ball' uses the active voice" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. chemical agent capable of activity Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. characterized by energetic activity; "an active toddler"; "active as a gazelle"; "an active man is a man of action" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. engaged in full-time work; "active duty" (military); "though past retirement age he is still active in his profession" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. full of activity or engaged in continuous activity; "an active seaport"; "an active bond market"; "an active account" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. (pathology) tending to become more severe or wider in scope; "active tuberculosis" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. disposed to take action or effectuate change; "a director who takes an active interest in corporate operations"; "an active antagonism"; "he was active in drawing attention to their grievances" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. producing activity or change Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. (of e.g. volcanos) being in a state of action or potential action; "active volcanos" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. (grammar) active voice Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. (astronomy; of the sun) characterized by a high level activity in sunspots and flares and radio emissions Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. in operation; "keep hope alive"; "the tradition was still alive"; "an active tradition" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. taking part in an activity; "an active member of the club"; "he was politically active"; "the participating organizations" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. characterized by energetic bodily activity; "tennis is an active sport"; "a very physical dance performance" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. a person devoted to the active life Wordnet Dictionary DB
  17. engaged in full-time work; "active duty"; "though past retirement age he is still active in his profession" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. tending to become more severe or wider in scope; "active tuberculosis" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  19. (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt; "active volcanos" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  20. expressing action rather than a state of being; used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water') Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21. expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: "Hemingway favors active constructions" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  22. exerting influence or producing an effect; "an active ingredient" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  23. of the sun; characterized by a high level activity in sunspots and flares and radio emissions Wordnet Dictionary DB
  24. being in physical motion; "active fish in the aquarium" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  25. engaged in or ready for military or naval operations; "on active duty"; "the platoon is combat-ready"; "review the fighting forces" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  26. Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. Implying or producing rapid action; as, an active disease; an active remedy. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. Applied to a form of the verb; -- opposed to passive. See Active voice, under Voice. Newage Dictionary DB
  30. Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. Actively. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. Having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; acting; - opposed to passive, that receives; as, certain active principles; the powers of the mind. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; - opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct; as, active laws; active hostilities; an active volcano. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. Given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic; diligent; busy; - opposed to dull, sluggish, indolent, or inert; as, an active man of business; active mind; active zeal. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. Requiring or implying action or exertion; - opposed to sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or service; active scenes. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; - opposed to speculative or theoretical; as, an active rather than a speculative statesman. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. Applied to a form of the verb; - opposed to passive. See voice, under Voice. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. Having or using the power or quality of motion or force; lively; busy; moving freely or quickly; in grammar, denoting the voice or form of the verb which represents the subject as a doer of something. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  40. Activeness. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  41. Efficient, producing effect, especially a prompt effect; not passive; bustling, busy. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  42. Energetic; not indolent. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  43. That acts: busy: nimble: (gram.) transitive. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  44. ACTIVITY, ACTIVENESS. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  45. Busy; nimble; agile. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  46. Abounding in action; lively; brisk; busy. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  47. Expressing action, as a verb. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  48. Having the power of acting; quick of movement; agile; busy, or constantly engaged in action; vigorous; assiduous; requiring action or exertion; practical, as opposed to speculative. Brisk Quick in operating Implying action. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  49. Nimble; lively; not dull. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  50. Having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; acting; -- opposed to passive, that receives; as, certain active principles; the powers of the mind. mso.anu.edu.au
  51. In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; -- opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct; as, active laws; active hostilities; an active volcano. mso.anu.edu.au
  52. Given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic; diligent; busy; -- opposed to dull, sluggish, indolent, or inert; as, an active man of business; active mind; active zeal. mso.anu.edu.au
  53. Requiring or implying action or exertion; -- opposed to sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or service; active scenes. mso.anu.edu.au
  54. Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; -- opposed to speculative or theoretical; as, an active rather than a speculative statesman. mso.anu.edu.au
  55. That is in action; that demands action ; actually subsisting; the opposite of passive. An active debt is one which draws interest. An active trust is a confidence connected with a duty. An active use is a present legal estate. thelawdictionary.org
  56. The opposite, of passive. We say active debts, or debts due to us; passive debts are those we owe. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  57. Having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; acting; opposed to passive, that receives; as, certain active principles; the powers of the mind. dictgcide_fs
  58. In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct; as, active laws; active hostilities; an active volcano. dictgcide_fs
  59. Given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic; diligent; busy; opposed to dull, sluggish, indolent, or inert; as, an active man of business; active mind; active zeal. dictgcide_fs
  60. Requiring or implying action or exertion; opposed to sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or service; active scenes. dictgcide_fs
  61. Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; opposed to speculative or theoretical; as, an active rather than a speculative statesman. dictgcide_fs
  62. Applied to a form of the verb; opposed to passive. See Active voice, under Voice. dictgcide_fs
  63. akt'iv, adj. that acts: busy: nimble: practical, as opposed to speculative: effective: (gram.) transitive.--adv. ACT'IVELY.--ns. ACTIV'ITY, ACT'IVENESS. gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  64. same etymon. This adjective is used, in Pathology, to convey the idea of superabundant energy or strength. Active symptoms, e. g. are those of excitement. In Therapeutics, it signifies energetic :-as, an active treatment. The French use the expression Medecine agissante, in contradistinction to Medecine expectante. In Physiology, active has a similar signification, many of the functions being divided into active and passive. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  65. Given to outward action; working, effective; energetic, diligent; acting of one\'s own accord, acting upon others; (Gram.) the active voice comprises all forms of intransitive verbs, and those forms of transitive verbs that attribute the verbal action to the person or thing whence it proceeds (the logical subject), as We punished him; not, like the forms of the passive voice, to the person or thing to whom it is directed (the logical object), as He was punished by us. Less correctly, verbs are themselves called active. Hence actively adv. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  66. Characterized by action; not passive; producing effect. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  67. Case of sloop. (See Olmstead v. Rittenhouse.) Dictionary of United States history
  68. That which has the power or quality of acting; that which acts, opposed to passive: busy, engaged in action, opposed to idle or sedentary; nimble, agile, quick; in grammar, a verb active is that which signifies action, as, I teach. Complete Dictionary

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