Active meaning

ăktĭv
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Causing action, motion, or change.
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Characterized by much action or motion; lively, busy, agile, quick, etc.

An active mind, an active boy.

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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.

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Capable of acting, functioning, etc.
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Necessitating action or work.
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A participating member of an organization.

Union actives.

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An active member of an organization.
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Being in physical motion.

Active fish in the aquarium.

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Producing an intended action or effect.

Active ingredients.

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Being on full military duty and receiving full pay.
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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.
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That is acting, functioning, working, moving, etc.
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Actual, not just nominal; participating.

An active interest, to play an active role.

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Requiring or using electric power to function.

Active speakers.

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(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.
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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.
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Functioning or capable of functioning.
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Origin of active

  • Middle English actif from Old French from Latin āctīvus from āctus past participle of agere to drive, do ag- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition