noun chemical agent capable of activity
noun 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
noun a person who is a participating member of an organization
the club issues a list of members, both the actives and the retirees
adjective tending to become more severe or wider in scope
adjective satellite engaged in or ready for military or naval operations
on active duty
the platoon is combat-ready
review the fighting forces
adjective 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
adjective satellite taking part in an activity
an active member of the club
he was politically active
the participating organizations
adjective characterized by energetic activity
an active toddler
active as a gazelle
an active man is a man of action
adjective exerting influence or producing a change or effect
an active ingredient
adjective full of activity or engaged in continuous activity
an active seaport
an active bond market
an active account
adjective satellite in operation
keep hope alive
the tradition was still alive
an active tradition
adjective (of the sun) characterized by an increased occurrence of sunspots and flares and radio emissions
adjective expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: "Hemingway favors active constructions"
adjective (used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water')) expressing action rather than a state of being
adjective (of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting
adjective (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt
adjective engaged in full-time work
though past retirement age he is still active in his profession
F. actif, L. activus, fr. agere to act.
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.
Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal.
Active and nervous was his gait.
In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; -- opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct; as, active laws; active hostilities; an active volcano.
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.
Requiring or implying action or exertion; -- opposed to sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or service; active scenes.
Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; -- opposed to speculative or theoretical; as, an active rather than a speculative statesman.
Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn.
Implying or producing rapid action; as, an active disease; an active remedy.
(Gram.)(a)Applied to a form of the verb; -- opposed to passive. See Active voice, under Voice. (b)Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive.(c)Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state.Syn. -- Agile; alert; brisk; vigorous; nimble; lively; quick; sprightly; prompt; energetic.