- The definition of active is a person, thing or idea which is moving, in motion or changing.
A person who attends mass weekly and is involved with different religious programs is an example of an active church member.
Active members of a choir.
- that is acting, functioning, working, moving, etc.
- capable of acting, functioning, etc.
- causing action, motion, or change
- characterized by much action or motion; lively, busy, agile, quick, etc.: an active mind, an active boy
- actual, not just nominal; participating: an active interest, to play an active role
- necessitating action or work
- currently in operation, in effect, in progress, etc.: an active law, an active disease
- in eruption: an active volcano
- denoting the voice or form of a verb whose subject is the performer, or agent, of the action of the verb
- in or of the active voice
- showing action rather than state of being: said of verbs like throw and walk
Origin of activeMiddle English and amp; Old French actif ; from Classical Latin activus ; from actus, past participle of agere: see act
- an active member of an organization
- the active voice
- a verb in this voice
- Being in physical motion: active fish in the aquarium.
- Functioning or capable of functioning.
- a. Marked by energetic activity; busy: active stock and bond markets; spent an active day sightseeing.b. Involving or requiring physical exertion and energy: an active workout at the gym.
- a. Being in a state of action; not quiescent: active hostilities along the border.b. Erupting or liable to erupt; not dormant: an active volcano.
- a. Marked by or involving direct participation: took an active interest in politics; played an active role on the committee.b. Currently in use or effect: an active membership.c. Openly acknowledged or expressed: an active dislike of the new neighbors.
- Producing an intended action or effect: active ingredients.
- Grammar a. Indicating that the grammatical subject of a verb is performing or causing the action expressed. Used of a verb form or voice.b. Expressing action rather than a state of being. Used of verbs such as run, speak, and move.
- Of or relating to the management of an investment portfolio by continually making investment decisions based on new information as opposed to maintaining a predetermined strategy or reproducing the returns of a market or index.
- Electronics a. Being a source of electrical energy, as a generator.b. Capable of converting or amplifying voltages or currents, as a diode or transistor.
- Being on full military duty and receiving full pay.
- Grammar a. The active voice.b. A construction or form in the active voice.
- A participating member of an organization: union actives.
Origin of activeMiddle English actif, from Old French, from Latin āctīvus, from āctus, past participle of agere, to drive, do; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more active, superlative most active)
- Having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; acting; — opposed to passive, that receives.
- certain active principles; the active powers of the mind
- Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble.
- an active child or animal
- In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; — opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct.
- active laws; active hostilities
- (specifically, of a volcano) Being an active volcano.
- Given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic; diligent; busy; — opposed to dull, sluggish, indolent, or inert.
- an active man of business; active mind; active zeal
- Requiring or implying action or exertion; — opposed to sedentary or to tranquil.
- active employment or service active scenes
- Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; — opposed to speculative or theoretical.
- an active rather than a speculative statesman
- Brisk; lively.
- an active demand for corn
- Implying or producing rapid action.
- an active disease; an active remedy
- (grammar) About verbs.
- Applied to a form of the verb; — opposed to passive. See active voice.
- Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive.
- Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state.
- (gay sexual slang) (of a homosexual man) enjoying a role in anal sex in which he penetrates, rather than being penetrated by his partner.
- A person or thing that is acting or capable of acting.
active - Computer Definition
Energized, i.e., electrically powered, and in a state of readiness to perform a function such as amplifying a signal, detecting and correcting for errors in received data, retiming a signal, or retransmitting a signal. An amplifier or repeater, for example is an active device, but a reflector is passive. See also passive.
Using some form of, or a greater amount of, electronic processing in a device. For example, "active 3D" glasses contain circuits that constantly synchronize with the monitor in contrast to "passive 3D" glasses that perform no processing. Active matrix displays have a transistor for each subpixel in contrast to their passive matrix counterpart, which uses far fewer transistors. See active 3D and active matrix. Contrast with passive.