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Dictionary definition for: Active

1. (n) chemical agent capable of activity

2. (a) tending to become more severe or wider in scope; "active tuberculosis"

3. (n) the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb; "The boy threw the ball" uses the active voice"

4. (s) engaged in or ready for military or naval operations; "on active duty" "the platoon is combat-ready" "review the fighting forces"

5. (a) disposed to take action or effectuate change; "a director who takes an active interest in corporate operations" "an active antagonism" "he was active in drawing attention to their grievances"

6. (n) a person devoted to the active life

7. (s) taking part in an activity; "an active member of the club" "he was politically active" "the participating organizations"

8. (a) characterized by energetic activity; "an active toddler" "active as a gazelle" "an active man is a man of action"

9. (a) exerting influence or producing an effect; "an active ingredient"

10. (a) full of activity or engaged in continuous activity; "an active seaport" "an active bond market" "an active account"

11. (s) in operation; "keep hope alive" "the tradition was still alive" "an active tradition"

12. (a) of the sun; characterized by a high level activity in sunspots and flares and radio emissions

13. (a) expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: "Hemingway favors active constructions"

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

15. (a) (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt; "active volcanos"

16. (a) producing activity or change

17. (a) engaged in full-time work; "active duty" "though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"

18. (s) being in physical motion; "active fish in the aquarium"

19. (s) characterized by energetic bodily activity; "tennis is an active sport" "a very physical dance performance"

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