active [ak′tiv]
[ME & OFr actif < L activus < actus, pp. of agere: see ACT1]
1. that is acting, functioning, working, moving, etc.
2. capable of acting, functioning, etc.
3. causing action, motion, or change
4. characterized by much action or motion; lively, busy, agile, quick, etc. [an active mind, an active boy]
5. actual, not just nominal; participating [an active interest, to play an active role]
6. necessitating action or work
a) currently in operation, in effect, in progress, etc. [an active law, an active disease]
b) in eruption [an active volcano]
8. Gram.
a) denoting the voice or form of a verb whose subject is the performer, or agent, of the action of the verb: opposed to PASSIVE
b) in or of the active voice
c) showing action rather than state of being: said of verbs like throw and walk
1. an active member of an organization
2. Gram.
a) the active voice
b) a verb in this voice
SYN.- ACTIVE implies a state of motion, operation, etc. ranging from cases of normal functioning to instances of quickened activity [he's still active at eighty; an active market ]; ENERGETIC suggests a concentrated exertion of energy or effort [an energetic workout ]; VIGOROUS implies forcefulness, robustness, and strength as an inherent quality [a vigorous plant ]; STRENUOUS is applied to things that make trying demands on one's strength, energy, etc. [a strenuous trip ]; BRISK implies liveliness and vigor of motion [a brisk walk ]

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