active active  /ˈæk tɪv/


  1. (n) chemical agent capable of activity
  2. (n) the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb
  3. (n) a person who is a participating member of an organization
  4. (adj) tending to become more severe or wider in scope
  5. (adj) engaged in or ready for military or naval operations
  6. (adj) disposed to take action or effectuate change
  7. (adj) taking part in an activity
  8. (adj) characterized by energetic activity
  9. (adj) exerting influence or producing a change or effect
  10. (adj) full of activity or engaged in continuous activity
  11. (adj) in operation
  12. (adj) (of the sun) characterized by an increased occurrence of sunspots and flares and radio emissions
  13. (adj) expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor:
  14. (adj) (used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water')) expressing action rather than a state of being
  15. (adj) (of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting
  16. (adj) (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt
  17. (adj) engaged in full-time work


  1. For the new study, Lightfoot and his team bred two strains of mice active and inactive.
  2. Each X signifies that the active substance has undergone a ten-to-one dilution, each C a hundred-to-one dilution.
  3. Sebire's lawyers argue that current laws pertaining to terminal patients can be interpreted to allow active euthanasia.


  1. Active-shooter drill in Woodstock

    Gaining real-life experience was the focus of active-shooter training Thursday morning at Woodstock North High School. Members of the Woodstock police and fire rescue departments took part in the drill that simulated a shooter entering the high school and injuring several people.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Northwest Herald

  2. Most active New York Stock Exchange-traded stocks

    A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading: Bank of America Corp. rose 1.1 percent to $13.21 with 98,665,800 shares traded. Belo Corp. rose 28.3 percent to $13.77 with ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  3. Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks

    A look at Nasdaq 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading: Cisco Systems Inc. rose 1.5 percent to $24.35 with 21,956,400 shares traded. Clearwire Corp. rose 2.3 percent to $4.47 with 26,386,800 shares ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News


  1. Flynt said people were "too depressed to be sexually active." "This is very unhealthy as a nation. Americans can do without cars and such, but they cannot do without sex."
    on Jan 7, 2009 By: Larry Flynt Source: The Age

  2. ...weeks after the governing coalition took office, Mr Hague made an effort to ditch the Conservatives' Eurosceptic tone, saying he would promote a "distinctive foreign policy that is active in Europe and across the world".
    on Jul 1, 2010 By: William Hague Source: Financial Times

  3. "He has been arrested on suspicion of murdering all five women," Detective Chief Superintendent Gull said, refusing to take questions."As legal proceedings are now active, Suffolk police will not be issuing any further comments or appeals at...
    on Dec 18, 2006 By: Stewart Gull Source: Times Online

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