Active members of a choir.
A person who attends mass weekly and is involved with different religious programs is an example of an active church member.
- 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
- requiring or using electric power to function : active speakers
- 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 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.
(1) 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.
(2) Physically involved in work or athletic endeavors. For example, Samsung phones designed for rugged activities are branded as Galaxy Active devices. See Galaxy S.