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ac·tive

 (ăk′tĭv)
adj.
1. Being in physical motion: active fish in the aquarium.
2. Functioning or capable of functioning.
3.
a. Marked by energetic activity; busy: active stock and bond markets; spent an active day sightseeing.
b. Involving or requiring physical exertion and energy: an active workout at the gym.
4.
a. Being in a state of action; not quiescent: active hostilities along the border.
b. Erupting or liable to erupt; not dormant: an active volcano.
5.
a. Marked by or involving direct participation: took an active interest in politics; played an active role on the committee.
b. Currently in use or effect: an active membership.
c. Openly acknowledged or expressed: an active dislike of the new neighbors.
6. Producing an intended action or effect: active ingredients.
7. Grammar
a. Indicating that the grammatical subject of a verb is performing or causing the action expressed. Used of a verb form or voice.
b. Expressing action rather than a state of being. Used of verbs such as run, speak, and move.
8. Of or relating to the management of an investment portfolio by continually making investment decisions based on new information as opposed to maintaining a predetermined strategy or reproducing the returns of a market or index.
9. Electronics
a. Being a source of electrical energy, as a generator.
b. Capable of converting or amplifying voltages or currents, as a diode or transistor.
10. Being on full military duty and receiving full pay.
n.
1. Grammar
a. The active voice.
b. A construction or form in the active voice.
2. A participating member of an organization: union actives.

[Middle English actif, from Old French, from Latin āctīvus, from āctus, past participle of agere, to drive, do; see ag- in Indo-European roots.]

ac′tive·ly adv.
ac′tive·ness n.
Synonyms: active, busy, energetic, vigorous, dynamic, lively
These adjectives mean having or displaying energy. Active is the most general, connoting physical or mental exertion in a variety of contexts: an active toddler; an active imagination; remained active in later years by walking and swimming.
Busy suggests engagement in sustained activity on a particular task or job: a busy newspaper staff rushing to meet the deadline.
Energetic and vigorous emphasize performance of an activity or pursuit with enthusiasm or intensity: an energetic competitor; a vigorous crusader against drunk driving.
Dynamic connotes energy and forcefulness that often inspire others or bring about change: a dynamic leader who revitalized the party.
Lively suggests animated activity or alertness: a lively folk dance; a lively interest in politics.

active

(ˈæktɪv)
adj
1. in a state of action; moving, working, or doing something
2. busy or involved: an active life.
3. physically energetic
4. exerting influence; effective: an active ingredient.
5. (Grammar) grammar
a. denoting a voice of verbs used to indicate that the subject of a sentence is performing the action or causing the event or process described by the verb, as kicked in The boy kicked the football. Compare passive5
b. another word for nonstative
6. (Military) being fully engaged in military service (esp in the phrase on active service)
7. (Physical Geography) (of a volcano) erupting periodically; not extinct. Compare dormant3, extinct3
8. (Astronomy) astronomy (of the sun) exhibiting a large number of sunspots, solar flares, etc, and a marked variation in intensity and frequency of radio emission. Compare quiet8
9. (Commerce) commerce
a. producing or being used to produce profit, esp in the form of interest: active balances.
b. of or denoting stocks or shares that have been actively bought and sold as recorded in the Official List of the London Stock Exchange
10. (Electronics) electronics
a. containing a source of power: an active network.
b. capable of amplifying a signal or controlling some function: an active component; an active communication satellite.
n
11. (Grammar) grammar
a. the active voice
b. an active verb
12. chiefly US a member of an organization who participates in its activities
[C14: from Latin āctīvus. See act, -ive]
ˈactively adv
ˈactiveness n

ac•tive

(ˈæk tɪv)

adj.
1. engaged in action or activity; characterized by energetic work, motion, etc.: an active life.
2. being in existence, progress, or motion: active hostilities.
3. marked by or disposed to direct involvement or practical action: active support.
4. involving physical action: active sports.
5. agile; nimble.
6. characterized by current activity, participation, or use: an active member; an active account.
7. characterized by considerable or vigorous activity: an active market in wheat.
8. capable of exerting influence (opposed to passive): active treason.
9. effective (opposed to inert): active ingredients.
10.
a. of, pertaining to, or being a voice, verb form, or construction having a subject represented as performing or causing the action expressed by the verb, as the verb form write in I write letters every day (opposed to passive).
b. (of a verb) expressing an action rather than a state; nonstative.
11. requiring or giving rise to action; practical.
12. (of a volcano) in eruption or liable to erupt; not dormant or extinct.
13. (of a fault) experiencing recurrent seismic movement.
14.
a. acting as a source of electrical energy, as a generator.
b. capable of amplifying or converting voltages or currents, as a transistor or diode.
15. (of military personnel) on active duty.
n.
16. the active voice.
17. a form or construction in the active voice.
[1300–50; < Middle French < Latin āctīvus < āctus, past participle of agere to do, act]
ac′tive•ly, adv.
ac′tive•ness, n.

active

In surveillance, an adjective applied to actions or equipments which emit energy capable of being detected.

active

Used to describe a form of verb in which the grammatical subject performs the action, for example, “The government took steps.” Compare passive.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.active - chemical agent capable of activityactive - chemical agent capable of activity  
chemical agent - an agent that produces chemical reactions
2.active - 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"
voice - (linguistics) the grammatical relation (active or passive) of the grammatical subject of a verb to the action that the verb denotes
3.active - a person who is a participating member of an organizationactive - a person who is a participating member of an organization; "the club issues a list of members, both the actives and the retirees"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
Adj.1.active - tending to become more severe or wider in scopeactive - tending to become more severe or wider in scope; "active tuberculosis"
pathology - the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases
inactive - (pathology) not progressing or increasing; or progressing slowly
2.active - engaged in or ready for military or naval operationsactive - engaged in or ready for military or naval operations; "on active duty"; "the platoon is combat-ready"; "review the fighting forces"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
operational - (military) of or intended for or involved in military operations
3.active - disposed to take action or effectuate changeactive - 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"
passive, inactive - lacking in energy or will; "Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself"- George Meredith
4.active - taking part in an activityactive - taking part in an activity; "an active member of the club"; "he was politically active"; "the participating organizations"
involved - connected by participation or association or use; "we accomplished nothing, simply because of the large number of people involved"; "the problems involved"; "the involved muscles"; "I don't want to get involved"; "everyone involved in the bribery case has been identified"
5.active - characterized by energetic activityactive - characterized by energetic activity; "an active toddler"; "active as a gazelle"; "an active man is a man of action"
lively - full of life and energy; "a lively discussion"; "lively and attractive parents"; "a lively party"
energetic - possessing or exerting or displaying energy; "an energetic fund raiser for the college"; "an energetic group of hikers"; "it caused an energetic chemical reaction"
inactive - not active physically or mentally; "illness forced him to live an inactive life"; "dreamy and inactive by nature"
6.active - exerting influence or producing a change or effect; "an active ingredient"
inactive - not exerting influence or change
7.active - full of activity or engaged in continuous activityactive - full of activity or engaged in continuous activity; "an active seaport"; "an active bond market"; "an active account"
inactive - lacking activity; lying idle or unused; "an inactive mine"; "inactive accounts"; "inactive machinery"
8.active - in operationactive - in operation; "keep hope alive"; "the tradition was still alive"; "an active tradition"
existent, existing - having existence or being or actuality; "an attempt to refine the existent machinery to make it more efficient"; "much of the beluga caviar existing in the world is found in the Soviet Union and Iran"
9.active - (of the sun) characterized by an increased occurrence of sunspots and flares and radio emissions
astronomy, uranology - the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole
quiet - of the sun characterized by a low level of surface phenomena like sunspots e.g.
10.active - expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: "Hemingway favors active constructions"
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)
passive - expressing that the subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb; "academics seem to favor passive sentences"
11.active - (used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water')) expressing action rather than a state of being
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)
stative - ( used of verbs (e.g. `be' or `own') and most participial adjectives) expressing existence or a state rather than an action
12.active - (of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting
live - exerting force or containing energy; "live coals"; "tossed a live cigarette out the window"; "got a shock from a live wire"; "live ore is unmined ore"; "a live bomb"; "a live ball is one in play"
extinct - (of e.g. volcanos) permanently inactive; "an extinct volcano"
13.active - (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to eruptactive - (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt; "active volcanos"
volcano, vent - a fissure in the earth's crust (or in the surface of some other planet) through which molten lava and gases erupt
dormant, inactive - (of e.g. volcanos) not erupting and not extinct ; "a dormant volcano"
14.active - engaged in full-time workactive - engaged in full-time work; "active duty"; "though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"
inactive - not engaged in full-time work; "inactive reserve"; "an inactive member"

active

adjective
1. busy, involved, occupied, engaged, tiring, lively, energetic, bustling, restless, on the move, strenuous, tireless, on the go (informal) Having an active youngster about the house can be quite wearing.
busy slow, lazy, idle, sluggish, inactive, sedentary, unoccupied

active

adjective
1. In action or full operation:
3. Possessing, exerting, or displaying energy:
Informal: peppy.
Translations
ثَائِر، نَافِث لِلحِمَمسَارِي المَفْعُول، قَائِمفَاعِل، نَاشِط، نَاجِعفَعَّال،نَاشِطمبني للمعلوم
aktivníčinnýplatnýúčinnýčilý
aktivgyldigivrigvirksom
aktivrührigTatformtätigTätigkeitsform
aktiivasjalikelavkehtivtarmukas
aktiivinen
aktivan
cselekvõérvényben vanható
germyndí gildivirkur
活動的な
활동적인
aktyviaiaktyvumasaktyvusgaliojantisgyvumas
aktīvsdarāmā kārtadarbīgsdarbojošiesefektīvs
agilnýaktívnyčinný
dejaventvornik
aktiv
คล่องแคล่ว
năng động

active

[ˈæktɪv]
A. ADJ
1. (= lively) [person, brain] → activo; [imagination] → vivo
he has an active mindtiene una mente muy activa
2. (= busy) [life, day, period] → de mucha actividad, muy movido
3. (= not passive) [member, population] → activo
guerrilla groups are active in the provincegrupos de guerrilleros están luchando en la provincia
animals which are active at nightlos animales que desarrollan su actividad por la noche
we are giving it active considerationlo estamos estudiando en serio
to take an active interest in sthinteresarse vivamente por algo
after 17 years' active involvement in the partydespués de 17 años de militar activamente en el partido
to play or take an active part in sthparticipar activamente en algo
he withdrew from active participation in the projectdejó de participar activamente en el proyecto
to be politically active, to be active in politicsmilitar políticamente
he played an active role in bringing about a ceasefiredesempeñó un papel activo a la hora de conseguir el alto al fuego
to be sexually activetener relaciones sexuales
the government must take active steps to bring down inflationel gobierno debe tomar medidas directas para bajar la inflación
4. (= not extinct) [volcano] → en actividad
5. (Chem, Phys, Electronics) → activo
the active ingredientel ingrediente activo
6. (Fin, Comm) [trading, market] → activo
active assetsactivo msing productivo
active balancesaldo m activo
active moneydinero m activo, dinero m disponible
active partnersocio/a m/f activo/a
active trade balancebalanza f comercial favorable, balanza f comercial acreedora
7. (Mil)
active service or > duty (US) → servicio m activo
to be on active service or dutyestar en activo
to die on active servicemorir en acto de servicio
he saw active service in Italy and Germanyestuvo en servicio activo en Italia y Alemania
8. (Ling, Gram)
active vocabularyvocabulario m activo
the active voicela voz activa
in the active voiceen voz activa
B. N (Gram) the activela voz activa
C. CPD active birth N (Med) → parto m natural
active file N (Comput) → fichero m activo
the active list Nla reserva activa
to be on the active listestar en la reserva activa
active suspension N (Aut) → suspensión f activa

active

[ˈæktɪv]
adj
(= energetic, busy) [person, life] → actif/ive
He's a very active person → Il est très actif.
(in particular activity, campaign etc) [person, member] → actif/ive; [support, measures] → actif/ive
an active member of the Green Party → un membre actif des Verts
to play an active part in sth → jouer un rôle actif dans qch
to be politically active → être actif/ive politiquement
to be sexually active → être sexuellement actif/ive
[volcano] → en activité
(CHEMISTRY) [substance] → actif/ive
n (GRAMMAR) the active → l'actifactive duty (mainly US) ncampagne f
on active duty → en campagneactive ingredient nprincipe m actif

active

adjaktiv (also Gram, Comput); mind, social liferege; volcanoaktiv, tätig; dislikeoffen, unverhohlen; fileim Gebrauch; (= radioactive)radioaktiv; to be active (terrorists, rebels)operieren; (lawyer, campaigner)aktiv sein; to be physically/politically/sexually activekörperlich/politisch/sexuell aktiv sein; to be active in politicspolitisch aktiv or tätig sein; they should be more active in improving safety standardssie sollten die Verbesserung der Sicherheitsvorschriften etwas tatkräftiger vorantreiben; to be under active considerationernsthaft erwogen werden; on active service (Mil) → im Einsatz; to see active service (Mil) → im Einsatz sein; to be on the active list (Mil) → zur ständigen Verfügung stehen; active duty (esp US Mil) → aktiver Wehrdienst; to be on active duty (esp US Mil) → aktiven Wehrdienst leisten; he played an active part in iter war aktiv daran beteiligt; active assets (Comm) → Aktiva pl; active partner (Comm) → persönlich haftender Gesellschafter; active ingredient (Chem) → aktiver Bestandteil; active suspension (Aut) → aktive Aufhängung
n (Gram) → Aktiv nt; in the activeim Aktiv

active

[ˈæktɪv] adj (gen) (Gram) (volcano) → attivo/a
to play an active part in → partecipare attivamente a, prendere parte attiva in
we are giving it active consideration → lo stiamo considerando attentamente

active

(ˈӕktiv) adjective
1. energetic or lively; able to work etc. At seventy, he's no longer very active.
2. (busily) involved. She is an active supporter of women's rights.
3. causing an effect or effects. Yeast is an active ingredient in bread-making.
4. in force. The rule is still active.
5. (of volcanoes) still likely to erupt.
6. of the form of a verb in which the subject performs the action of the verb. The dog bit the man.
ˈactiveness noun
ˈactively adverb
actively engaged in politics.
acˈtivityplural acˈtivities noun
1. the state of being active or lively. The streets are full of activity this morning.
2. something which one does as a pastime, as part of one's job etc. His activities include fishing and golf.

active

نَشِيط aktivní aktiv aktiv δραστήριος activo aktiivinen actif aktivan attivo 活動的な 활동적인 actief aktiv aktywny ativo активный aktiv คล่องแคล่ว etkin năng động 活跃的

active

a. activo-a; diligente, hábil, enérgico-a.

active

adj activo; sexually — sexualmente activo; Are you sexually active?..¿Es Ud. sexualmente activo?.. ¿Está teniendo relaciones sexuales?
References in classic literature ?
Jo happened to suit Aunt March, who was lame and needed an active person to wait upon her.
The slender expressive fingers, forever active, for- ever striving to conceal themselves in his pockets or behind his back, came forth and became the piston rods of his machinery of expression.
He bore a reputation for wisdom rather than skill--leaving the active practice of medicine to his assistants and younger contemporaries--and was much sought for in matters of consultation.
It is impossible to say what unlooked-for remark this short and silent communication, between two such singular men, might have elicited from the white man, had not his active curiosity been again drawn to other objects.
This strange act was perfectly understood by the group, who knew that in that intensely dry heat the danger of exposure was lessened by active exercise and the profuse perspiration that followed it.
They now went below stairs, where Phoebe--not so much assuming the office as attracting it to herself, by the magnetism of innate fitness--took the most active part in preparing breakfast.
Had it been otherwise -- had an active politician been put into this influential post, to assume the easy task of making head against a Whig Collector, whose infirmities withheld him from the personal administration of his office -- hardly a man of the old corps would have drawn the breath of official life within a month after the exterminating angel had come up the Custom-House steps.
He's tall, active, erect," I continued, "but never--no, never
Rising from a little cabin-boy in short clothes of the drabbest drab, to a harpooneer in a broad shad-bellied waistcoat; from that becoming boat-header, chief-mate, and captain, and finally a ship-owner; Bildad, as I hinted before, had concluded his adventurous career by wholly retiring from active life at the goodly age of sixty, and dedicating his remaining days to the quiet receiving of his well-earned income.
All the trees, with all their laden branches; all the shrubs, and ferns, and grasses; the message-carrying air; all these unceasingly were active.
We stood about fifteen and a half hands high; we were therefore just as good for riding as we were for driving, and our master used to say that he disliked either horse or man that could do but one thing; and as he did not want to show off in London parks, he preferred a more active and useful kind of horse.
As to mental cultivation,--she had a clear, strong, active mind, was well and thoroughly read in history and the older English classics, and thought with great strength within certain narrow limits.