a.1.Having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; acting; - opposed to passive, that receives; as, certain active principles; the powers of the mind.
2.Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal.
Active and nervous was his gait.
- Wordsworth.
3.In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; - opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct; as, active laws; active hostilities; an active volcano.
4.Given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic; diligent; busy; - opposed to dull, sluggish, indolent, or inert; as, an active man of business; active mind; active zeal.
5.Requiring or implying action or exertion; - opposed to sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or service; active scenes.
6.Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; - opposed to speculative or theoretical; as, an active rather than a speculative statesman.
7.Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn.
8.Implying or producing rapid action; as, an active disease; an active remedy.
9.(Gram.) Applied to a form of the verb; - opposed to passive. See Active voice, under Voice.
Active capital
money, or property that may readily be converted into money.
Noun1.active - chemical agent capable of activity
Synonyms: active agent
2.active - 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"
Synonyms: active voice
3.active - a person devoted to the active life
contemplative - a person devoted to the contemplative life
Adj.1.active - tending to become more severe or wider in scope; "active tuberculosis"
inactive - not progressing or increasing; or progressing slowly
2.active - engaged in or ready for military or naval operations; "on active duty"; "the platoon is combat-ready"; "review the fighting forces"
3.active - 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"
passive, inactive - lacking in energy or will; "Much benevolence of the passive order may be traced to a disinclination to inflict pain upon oneself"- George Meredith
4.active - taking part in an activity; "an active member of the club"; "he was politically active"; "the participating organizations"
Synonyms: participating
5.active - characterized by energetic activity; "an active toddler"; "active as a gazelle"; "an active man is a man of action"
inactive - not active physically or mentally; "illness forced him to live an inactive life"; "dreamy and inactive by nature"
6.active - exerting influence or producing an effect; "an active ingredient"
inactive - not active or exerting influence
7.active - full of activity or engaged in continuous activity; "an active seaport"; "an active bond market"; "an active account"
inactive - lacking activity; lying idle or unused; "an inactive mine"; "inactive accounts"; "inactive machinery"
8.active - in operation; "keep hope alive"; "the tradition was still alive"; "an active tradition"
Synonyms: alive
9.active - of the sun; characterized by a high level activity in sunspots and flares and radio emissions
quiet - of the sun; characterized by a low level of surface phenomena like sun spots e.g.
10.active - expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: "Hemingway favors active constructions"
passive - expressing thatthe subject of the sentence is the patient of the action denoted by the verb; "academics seem to favor passive sentences"
11.active - expressing action rather than a state of being; used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water')
Synonyms: dynamic
stative - expressing existence or a state rather than an action; used of verbs (e.g. `be' or `own') and most participial adjectives
12.active - (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt; "active volcanos"
dormant, inactive - of e.g. volcanos; temporarily inactive; "a dormant volcano"
extinct, inactive - of e.g. volcanos; permanently inactive; "an extinct volcano"
13.active - producing activity or change
counteractive, antagonistic - opposing or neutralizing or mitigating an effect by contrary action
14.active - engaged in full-time work; "active duty"; "though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"
inactive - not engaged in full-time work; "inactive reserve" ; "an inactive member of the department"
15.active - being in physical motion; "active fish in the aquarium"
16.active - characterized by energetic bodily activity; "tennis is an active sport"; "a very physical dance performance"
Synonyms: physical

ACTIVE. The opposite, of passive. We say active debts, or debts due to us; passive debts are those we owe.

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