Definition of "active" [ac•tive]

  • (adjective) Being in physical motion: active fish in the aquarium.
  • (adjective) Functioning or capable of functioning.
  • (adjective) Marked by energetic activity; busy: active stock and bond markets; spent an active day sightseeing.
  • (adjective) Involving or requiring physical exertion and energy: an active workout at the gym.
  • (adjective) Being in a state of action; not quiescent: active hostilities along the border.

Use "active" in a sentence

  • "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?"

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