active

/ˈæktɪv / (say 'aktiv)

adjective
1. in a state of action; in actual progress or motion: active hostilities.
2. constantly engaged in action; busy: an active toddler.
3. having the power of quick motion; nimble: an active animal.
4. highly involved in some area, activity, etc.: active in the community; an active environmentalist.
5. moving in considerable volume; brisk; lively: an active market.
6. of or relating to an ingredient, constituent, etc., of a mixture, which causes the desired or observed effect.
7. causing change; capable of exerting influence: active treason.
8. Grammar denoting a voice of verb inflection, in which the subject is represented as performing the action expressed by the verb. For example: In English, she writes the letter (active); the letter was written (passive). Compare passive (def. 8).
9. requiring action; practical: the intellectual and the active mental powers.
10. Theology devoted to good works (opposed to contemplative).
11. (of a volcano) erupting.
12. Electronics (of an electronic component, or a complete circuit) able to amplify or switch a signal.
13. Accounting profitable; busy: active accounts (ones having current transactions).
14. interest bearing: active paper.
15. Medicine acting quickly; producing immediate effects: active remedies.
16. capable of acting or reacting, especially in some specific manner: active carbon.
17. (of a communications satellite) able to retransmit signals.
18. designating the partner in a homosexual relationship who penetrates the passive partner during sex.
noun
19. Grammar
a. the active voice.
b. a form of construction in that voice.
phrase
20. be active, to be in such good physical health as to be able to undertake customary pursuits and exercise.
{Latin actīvus; replacing Middle English actif, from French}
actively, adverb
activeness, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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