Meaning of ACTIVE in English

■ adjective

1》 moving or tending to move about vigorously or frequently.

↘(of a person's mind or imagination) alert and lively.

2》 participating in a particular sphere or activity.

3》 working or in operation.

4》 Grammar denoting a voice of verbs in which the subject is typically the person or thing performing the action and which can take a direct object (e.g. she loved him as opposed to he was loved ). The opposite of passive .

5》 (of a volcano) erupting or having erupted in historical times.

6》 (of a disease) not in remission or latent.

7》 having a chemical or biological effect on something.

8》 (of an electric circuit) capable of modifying its state or characteristics automatically in response to input or feedback.

■ noun Grammar an ~ form of a verb.


~ly adverb


ME: from L. activus , from act- , agere 'act, do'.

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