active - definitions and synonyms

active noun

  1. English Meaning: 

    : chemical agent capable of activity

    Synonyms:

    active agent
  2. English Meaning: 

    : the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb

    Example Sentenses:

    • `The boy threw the ball' uses the active voice

    Synonyms:

    active voice
  3. English Meaning: 

    : a person who is a participating member of an organization

    Example Sentenses:

    • the club issues a list of members, both the actives and the retirees

active adjective

  1. English Meaning: 

    : tending to become more severe or wider in scope

    Example Sentenses:

    • active tuberculosis

  2. English Meaning: 

    : engaged in or ready for military or naval operations

    Example Sentenses:

    • on active duty

    • the platoon is combat-ready

    • review the fighting forces

    Synonyms:

    combat-ready / fighting
  3. English Meaning: 

    : disposed to take action or effectuate change

    Example Sentenses:

    • a director who takes an active interest in corporate operations

    • an active antagonism

    • he was active in drawing attention to their grievances

  4. English Meaning: 

    : taking part in an activity

    Example Sentenses:

    • an active member of the club

    • he was politically active

    • the participating organizations

    Synonyms:

    participating
  5. English Meaning: 

    : characterized by energetic activity

    Example Sentenses:

    • an active toddler

    • active as a gazelle

    • an active man is a man of action

  6. English Meaning: 

    : exerting influence or producing a change or effect

    Example Sentenses:

    • an active ingredient

  7. English Meaning: 

    : full of activity or engaged in continuous activity

    Example Sentenses:

    • an active seaport

    • an active bond market

    • an active account

  8. English Meaning: 

    : in operation

    Example Sentenses:

    • an active tradition

    • keep hope alive

    • the tradition was still alive

    Synonyms:

    alive
  9. English Meaning: 

    : (of the sun) characterized by an increased occurrence of sunspots and flares and radio emissions

  10. English Meaning: 

    : expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor:

    Example Sentenses:

    • Hemingway favors active constructions

  11. English Meaning: 

    : (used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water')) expressing action rather than a state of being

    Synonyms:

    dynamic
  12. English Meaning: 

    : (of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting

  13. English Meaning: 

    : (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt

    Example Sentenses:

    • active volcanos

  14. English Meaning: 

    : engaged in full-time work

    Example Sentenses:

    • active duty

    • though past retirement age he is still active in his profession