Having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; acting; â€” opposed to passive, that receives; as, certain active principles; the powers of the mind. (adjective)
Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal. (adjective)
In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; â€” opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct. (adjective)
Given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic; diligent; busy; â€” opposed to dull, sluggish, indolent, or inert; as, an active man of business; active mind; active zeal. (adjective)
Requiring or implying action or exertion; â€” opposed to sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or service; active scenes. (adjective)
Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; â€” opposed to speculative or theoretical; as, an active rather than a speculative statesman. (adjective)
Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn. (adjective)
Implying or producing rapid action. (adjective)
Applied to a form of the verb; â€” opposed to passive. See active voice. (adjective)
Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive. (adjective)
Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state. (adjective)
(of a homosexual man) enjoying a role in anal sex in which he penetrates, rather than being penetrated by his partner (adjective)
A person or thing that is acting or capable of acting. (noun)
Examples of word active
The Conjugation of an active verb, is styled the _active voice_; and that of a passive verb, the _passive voice_.
If, however, the disadvantages of lingering under a broken constitution, and of being able to devote to this subject only a small portion of his time, snatched from the active pursuits of a business life, (_active_ as far as his imperfect health permits him to be,) are any apology for its defects, he hopes that the candid will set down the apology to his credit.
_What practical difference ought it to make if_, instead of saying naively that 'I' am active now in delivering this address, I say that _a wider thinker is active_, or that _certain ideas are active_, or that _certain nerve-cells are active_, in producing the result?
Less active imaginations than that of the Irish peasant would be worked on so as to conclude that some means more _active_ than sickness or old age were had recourse to, for the purpose of lessening the taxes on land, by getting rid of the poor.