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Definition of active
- Active adj
- Tending to become more severe or wider in scope; "active tuberculosis" [ant: {inactive}]
- Engaged in or ready for military or naval operations; "on active duty"; "the platoon is combat-ready"; "review the fighting forces" [syn: {combat-ready}, {fighting(a)}]
- 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" [ant: {passive}]
- Taking part in an activity; "an active member of the club"; "he was politically active"; "the participating organizations" [syn: {participating}]
- Characterized by energetic activity; "an active toddler"; "active as a gazelle"; "an active man is a man of action" [ant: {inactive}]
- Exerting influence or producing an effect; "an active ingredient" [ant: {inactive}]
- Full of activity or engaged in continuous activity; "an active seaport"; "an active bond market"; "an active account" [ant: {inactive}]
- In operation; "keep hope alive"; "the tradition was still alive"; "an active tradition" [syn: {alive(p)}]
- Of the sun; characterized by a high level activity in sunspots and flares and radio emissions [ant: {quiet}]
- Expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: "Hemingway favors active constructions" [ant: {passive}]
- Expressing action rather than a state of being; used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water') [syn: {dynamic}] [ant: {stative}]
- (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt; "active volcanos" [ant: {dormant}, {extinct}]
- Producing activity or change [ant: {counteractive}]
- Engaged in full-time work; "active duty"; "though past retirement age he is still active in his profession" [ant: {inactive}]
- Being in physical motion; "active fish in the aquarium"
- Characterized by energetic bodily activity; "tennis is an active sport"; "a very physical dance performance" [syn: {physical}] n
- Chemical agent capable of activity [syn: {active agent}]
- 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" [syn: {active voice}] [ant: {passive voice}]
- A person devoted to the active life [ant: {contemplative}]
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