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Definition of Active

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Applied to a form of the verb; -- opposed to passive. See Active voice, under Voice.
  • Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive.
  • Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state.
  • a person who is a participating member of an organization
  • the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb
  • chemical agent capable of activity
  • characterized by energetic activity
  • engaged in full-time work
  • full of activity or engaged in continuous activity
  • tending to become more severe or wider in scope
  • disposed to take action or effectuate change
  • (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt
  • (of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting
  • (used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water')) expressing action rather than a state of being
  • expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor:
  • exerting influence or producing a change or effect
  • (of the sun) characterized by an increased occurrence of sunspots and flares and radio emissions

How to use active in a sentence. Active pronunciation.

There was nothing in them which could be challenged, could be construed into active criticism of men or things; and yet much he said was horrifying.
Business of all kinds was active and prosperous and growing more so day by day.
The lean, wiry, and very active man did not usually fall into these fits of total enervation excepting in the daytime, for after sundown a wonderful change would come over the gray-headed veteran, who nevertheless still displayed much youthful energy in the exercise of his official duties.
And her jealousy was still active, though she did not allow it to betray itself in words.
And every people bearing within itself the pledge of strength, full of active qualities of soul, of its own sharply defined peculiarities, and other gifts of God, has characteristically distinguished itself by its own special word, by which, while expressing any object whatever, it also reflects in the expression its own share of its own distinctive character.
The difference is simply the difference between the passive and the active voice.
Why, then, should this entirely unimportant individual woman change his whole nature, paralyse all his ambitions, ruin all the cheerful energy of his active mind?
He invariably returns for injury, not pardon, but active kindness.
Shut out from active happiness, Artsybashev may have taken this method of vicarious delight.
The bitterness of his own enforced resignation of active happiness and the terror inspired by his own disease are incarnated in a decidedly interesting character, Semionov, who, although still able to walk about when we first see him, is dying of consumption.
Since that time all the abandoned duties of active life have been resumed.
He was not at this time a Christian, although it was not long after this he was converted, and has since lived an eminently active and godly life.
Her son, a man over seventy, lost his wife, a neat, active Christian woman, very suddenly, and his aged mother was plunged in despairing grief.
Two years after he was seen by Dr. Cullis, and continued in perfect health, and engaged in active business.
At the age of three score and ten, Mrs. Tarrant still led an active life, and talked with great volubility, chiefly of herself; Nancy learnt from her that she had been married at seventeen, and had had two children, a son and a daughter, both deceased; of relatives there remained to her only Mr Vawdrey and his family, and a grandson, Lionel Tarrant.
She kept on with her atmosphere long after we knew the details of the cottage interior by heart; while a whole volume of active tragedy-_Mary's_ six months in London-was left to our fevered imagination.
He took advantage of it; and, resuming the thread of those serious studies which had been broken off during his period of hopelessness, plunged into those recondite themes that pleased his active intelligence and his awakened ambition.
He returns to Paris; the collective electricity again inspires him; he rebounds; he recovers; he is busy, keen to discern, active, and recognizes once more, to his intense satisfaction, that he is after all one of the elect of God's creatures-momentarily degraded, it may be, by contact with the inferior beings who people the departments.
The province had an existence, subordinate doubtless, but real, active, and independent.
His own life, so active and so occupied, placed ages and abysses between each of his periodical voyages.

Examples of Active

Example #1
It made Achmet Pasha sit up aghast, and Nahoum Pasha, the astute Armenian, for a long time past the confidant and favourite of the Prince Pasha, laugh in his throat; for, if there was a man in Egypt who enjoyed the thrust of a word or the bite of a phrase, it was Nahoum.
Example #2
For there was a keen truthfulness in the young man's words which, however suave and carefully balanced, however gravely simple and tactful, left no doubt as to their meaning.
Example #3
The people were glad to have a legitimately constituted government, but did not particularly enjoy having strangers from distant States put in authority over them-a sentiment that was natural enough.
Example #4
Silver mines were being vigorously developed and silver mills erected.
Example #5
At night his drooping eyelids, that almost veiled his eyes, opened more wildly, his flaccid hanging under-lip closed firmly, his long neck and narrow elongated head were held erect, and when, at a later hour, he went out to drinking-bouts or to the service in honor of Mithras, he might often still be taken for a fine, indomitable young man.
Example #6
The centurion was nearly sixty years of age, and his frame, originally a powerful one, was now broken by every sort of dissipation, and could no longer resist the effects of the strain and excitement of this night.