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active

adjective (a)

  • tending to become more severe or wider in scope (adj.all)
    Example:
    Active tuberculosis.
    source: wordnet30
  • disposed to take action or effectuate change (adj.all)
    Antonym: inactive, passive
    Example:
    A director who takes an active interest in corporate operations.
    An active antagonism.
    He was active in drawing attention to their grievances.
    source: wordnet30
  • characterized by energetic activity (adj.all)
    Antonym: inactive
    Example:
    An active toddler.
    Active as a gazelle.
    An active man is a man of action.
    source: wordnet30
  • exerting influence or producing a change or effect (adj.all)
    Example:
    An active ingredient.
    source: wordnet30
  • full of activity or engaged in continuous activity (adj.all)
    Example:
    An active seaport.
    An active bond market.
    An active account.
    source: wordnet30
  • (of the sun) characterized by an increased occurrence of sunspots and flares and radio emissions (adj.all)
    Antonym: quiet
    source: wordnet30
  • expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: (adj.all)
    Antonym: passive
    Example:
    Hemingway favors active constructions.
    source: wordnet30
  • (used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water')) expressing action rather than a state of being (adj.all)
    Synonym: dynamic
    Antonym: stative
    source: wordnet30
  • (of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting (adj.all)
    Antonym: extinct
    source: wordnet30
  • (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt (adj.all)
    Antonym: dormant, inactive
    Example:
    Active volcanos.
    source: wordnet30
  • engaged in full-time work (adj.all)
    Example:
    Active duty.
    Though past retirement age he is still active in his profession.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (adjective)
    source: webster1913

noun (n)

  • chemical agent capable of activity (noun.substance)
    Synonym: active agent
    source: wordnet30
  • the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb (noun.linkdef)
    Synonym: active voice
    Antonym: passive, passive voice
    Example:
    `The boy threw the ball' uses the active voice.
    source: wordnet30
  • a person who is a participating member of an organization (noun.person)
    Example:
    The club issues a list of members, both the actives and the retirees.
    source: wordnet30

adjective satellite (s)

  • engaged in or ready for military or naval operations (adj.all)
    Example:
    On active duty.
    source: wordnet30
  • taking part in an activity (adj.all)
    Synonym: participating
    Example:
    An active member of the club.
    He was politically active.
    source: wordnet30
  • in operation (adj.all)
    Synonym: alive
    Example:
    An active tradition.
    source: wordnet30

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