AskDefine | Define active

Dictionary Definition

active adj
1 tending to become more severe or wider in scope; "active tuberculosis" [ant: inactive]
2 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)]
3 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]
4 taking part in an activity; "an active member of the club"; "he was politically active"; "the participating organizations" [syn: participating]
5 characterized by energetic activity; "an active toddler"; "active as a gazelle"; "an active man is a man of action" [ant: inactive]
6 exerting influence or producing an effect; "an active ingredient" [ant: inactive]
7 full of activity or engaged in continuous activity; "an active seaport"; "an active bond market"; "an active account" [ant: inactive]
8 in operation; "keep hope alive"; "the tradition was still alive"; "an active tradition" [syn: alive(p)]
9 of the sun; characterized by a high level activity in sunspots and flares and radio emissions [ant: quiet]
10 expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: "Hemingway favors active constructions" [ant: passive]
11 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]
12 (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt; "active volcanos" [ant: dormant, extinct]
13 producing activity or change [ant: counteractive]
14 engaged in full-time work; "active duty"; "though past retirement age he is still active in his profession" [ant: inactive]
15 being in physical motion; "active fish in the aquarium"
16 characterized by energetic bodily activity; "tennis is an active sport"; "a very physical dance performance" [syn: physical]


1 chemical agent capable of activity [syn: active agent]
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" [syn: active voice] [ant: passive voice]
3 a person devoted to the active life [ant: contemplative]

User Contributed Dictionary



F. actif, L. activus, fr. agere, to act


  • /ˈæktɪv/, /"

Extensive Definition

Active may mean:
active in German: Aktiv
active in Spanish: Activo
active in French: Actif
active in Hungarian: Aktív

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

acting, active voice, activist, activistic, acute, aggressive, agile, alert, alive, animated, assiduous, at work, bouncing, bouncy, breezy, brisk, bubbly, bustling, busy, catty, chipper, compliant, conforming, conscientious, constant, devoted, devout, diligent, driving, duteous, dutiful, dynamic, ebullient, effective, effectual, effervescent, efficacious, efficient, energetic, enterprising, enthusiastic, expeditious, faithful, flexible, forceful, forcible, frisky, full, full of go, full of life, full of pep, functional, functioning, go-go, going, going on, graceful, hearty, hyperactive, impelling, impetuous, in exercise, in force, in hand, in motion, in operation, in play, in practice, in process, in the works, inaction, incisive, industrious, influential, intense, keen, kinetic, live, lively, living, loyal, lusty, medio-passive, mercurial, meticulous, mettlesome, middle, middle voice, militant, mindful, mobile, motile, motivational, motive, motor, moving, nimble, observant, occupied, on foot, on the fire, on the go, on the move, ongoing, operating, operational, operative, passive, passive voice, peppy, perky, pert, physical, potent, powerful, practicing, prompt, propellant, propelling, punctilious, punctual, quick, quicksilver, ready, reflexive, regardful, robust, running, rushing, scrupulous, smacking, snappy, spanking, spirited, sprightly, spry, stirring, strenuous, strong, supple, take-charge, take-over, transitional, traveling, trenchant, true, vibrant, vigorous, vivacious, vivid, voice, wide-awake, working, zestful, zesty, zingy, zippy
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