What is the meaning of active?


  • Chemical agent capable of activity.
  • The voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb.
    • usage: "`The boy threw the ball' uses the active voice"
  • A person who is a participating member of an organization.
    • usage: "the club issues a list of members, both the actives and the retirees"


  • Tending to become more severe or wider in scope.
    • usage: "active tuberculosis"
  • Engaged in or ready for military or naval operations.
    • usage: "on active duty"; "the platoon is combat-ready"; "review the fighting forces"
  • Disposed to take action or effectuate change.
    • usage: "a director who takes an active interest in corporate operations"; "an active antagonism"; "he was active in drawing attention to their grievances"
  • Taking part in an activity.
    • usage: "an active member of the club"; "he was politically active"; "the participating organizations"
  • Characterized by energetic activity.
    • usage: "an active toddler"; "active as a gazelle"; "an active man is a man of action"
  • Exerting influence or producing a change or effect.
    • usage: "an active ingredient"
  • Full of activity or engaged in continuous activity.
    • usage: "an active seaport"; "an active bond market"; "an active account"
  • In operation.
    • usage: "keep hope alive"; "the tradition was still alive"; "an active tradition"
  • Of the sun. ( characterized by an increased occurrence of sunspots and flares and radio emissions)
  • (adj.) ()
  • Used of verbs (e. G. `to run') and participial adjectives (e. G. `running' in `running water'. () expressing action rather than a state of being)
  • Of e. G. Volcanos. ( capable of erupting)
  • Of e. G. Volcanos. ( erupting or liable to erupt)
    • usage: "active volcanos"
  • Engaged in full-time work.
    • usage: "active duty"; "though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"
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APAWordNet. (2010). active. Retrieved April 22, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/active/definitions/1167279
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