activity Definition

  • 1the state of doing something, especially something that involves physical movement or energy
  • 2a thing that a person or group does or has done
  • 3a situation in which a lot of things are happening or people are moving around

Using activity: Examples

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

  • Example

    The children were involved in various activities at the summer camp.

  • Example

    Running is my favorite physical activity.

  • Example

    The company's financial activities were under investigation.

  • Example

    There was a lot of activity in the city center during the festival.

activity Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using activity

  • get up to (some) activity

    to engage in some kind of mischief or troublemaking


    I always know when my kids are getting up to some activity because they get very quiet.

  • a place where there is a lot of activity or work going on


    The kitchen was a hive of activity as the chefs prepared for the dinner service.

  • set the wheels in motion (for something)

    to start the process of doing something


    The meeting was held to set the wheels in motion for the new project.

Phrases with activity

  • activities done during free time for enjoyment or relaxation


    Reading and gardening are some of her favorite leisure activities.

  • any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that results in energy expenditure


    Doctors recommend at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day for good health.

  • an activity done with others as part of a team or group


    The team-building exercise was a fun group activity.

Origins of activity

from Latin 'activitas', from 'actus' meaning 'a doing'


Summary: activity in Brief

The term 'activity' [ækˈtɪvəti] refers to the state of doing something, often involving physical movement or energy. It can also denote a thing that a person or group does, or a situation with a lot of things happening or people moving around. Examples include 'The children were involved in various activities at the summer camp.' and 'There was a lot of activity in the city center during the festival.' Phrases like 'leisure activities' and 'physical activity' specify types of activities, while idioms like 'a hive of activity' and 'set the wheels in motion' convey a sense of busy-ness and productivity.

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