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Active meaning

active - 23 dictionary results

  1. 1. a person devoted to the active life
  2. 2. engaged in full- time work; " active duty"; " though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"
  3. 3. tending to become more severe or wider in scope; " active tuberculosis"
  4. 4. ( of e. g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt; " active volcanos"
  5. 5. expressing action rather than a state of being; used of verbs ( e. g. ` to run') and participial adjectives ( e. g. ` running' in ` running water')
  6. 6. expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: " Hemingway favors active constructions"
  7. 7. exerting influence or producing an effect; " an active ingredient"
  8. 8. of the sun; characterized by a high level activity in sunspots and flares and radio emissions
  9. 9. being in physical motion; " active fish in the aquarium"
  10. 10. engaged in or ready for military or naval operations; " on active duty"; " the platoon is combat- ready"; " review the fighting forces"
  11. 11. Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal.
  12. 12. Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn.
  13. 13. Implying or producing rapid action; as, an active disease; an active remedy.
  14. 14. Applied to a form of the verb; -- opposed to passive. See Active voice, under Voice.
  15. 15. Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive.
  16. 16. Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state.
  17. 17. 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.
  18. 18. In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; - opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct; as, active laws; active hostilities; an active volcano.
  19. 19. 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.
  20. 20. Requiring or implying action or exertion; - opposed to sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or service; active scenes.
  21. 21. Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; - opposed to speculative or theoretical; as, an active rather than a speculative statesman.
  22. 22. Applied to a form of the verb; - opposed to passive. See voice, under Voice.
  23. 23. Busy; nimble; agile.

active - examples of usage

  1. His range of reading and observation had been so wide, his knowledge of men and things was so vast, his faculties of combination were so active, it was impossible to state a question to be decided by precedent or reasoning, which he could not instantly handle with a force of logic which most men could only have reached by deliberate preparation.
  2. From then on he was very active. - "A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion", William Dobein James.
  3. No doubt it would be a good thing to reward the more active workmen with higher wages, and a wise employer endeavours to do this when he can, and to put the best workmen into the best places. - "Political economy", W. Stanley Jevons.
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