active Definition

  • 1engaging or ready to engage in physically energetic pursuits or mental work
  • 2in operation; functioning
  • 3taking part in a particular activity; involved in doing something

Using active: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "active" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She's an active person who enjoys hiking and swimming.

  • Example

    The volcano is still active and could erupt at any moment.

  • Example

    I'm actively looking for a new job.

  • Example

    He's an active member of the community, volunteering at the local food bank.

active Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for active

Phrases with active

  • a communication technique that requires the listener to fully concentrate, understand, respond, and remember what is being said


    Active listening is an important skill for effective communication.

  • a grammatical voice that describes a sentence where the subject performs the action stated by the verb


    In the sentence 'The dog chased the cat,' the active voice is used.

  • full-time duty in the military, as opposed to reserve duty


    He's currently on active duty in the Navy.

Origins of active

from Latin 'activus', meaning 'doing, acting'


Summary: active in Brief

The term 'active' [ˈæktɪv] refers to engagement in physical or mental pursuits, operation or functioning, and involvement in activities. It is often used to describe people who are energetic, dynamic, or lively, as in 'She's an active person who enjoys hiking and swimming.' 'Active' also extends into phrases like 'active listening,' which requires full concentration and understanding, and 'active duty,' which denotes full-time military service.

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