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  • n  chemical agent capable of activity
  • 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
    `The boy threw the ball' uses the active voice
  • n  a person who is a participating member of an organization
    the club issues a list of members, both the actives and the retirees
  • a  tending to become more severe or wider in scope
    active tuberculosis
  • s  engaged in or ready for military or naval operations
    on active duty
  • a  disposed to take action or effectuate change
    a director who takes an active interest in corporate operations
    an active antagonism
    he was active in drawing attention to their grievances
  • s  taking part in an activity
    an active member of the club
    he was politically active
  • a  characterized by energetic activity
    an active toddler
    active as a gazelle
    an active man is a man of action
  • a  exerting influence or producing a change or effect
    an active ingredient
  • a  full of activity or engaged in continuous activity
    an active seaport
    an active bond market
    an active account
  • s  in operation
    an active tradition
  • a  (of the sun) characterized by an increased occurrence of sunspots and flares and radio emissions
  • a  expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: "Hemingway favors active constructions"
  • a  (used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water')) expressing action rather than a state of being
  • a  (of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting
  • a  (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt
    active volcanos
  • a  engaged in full-time work
    active duty
    though past retirement age he is still active in his profession

  • For the new study, Lightfoot and his team bred two strains of mice active and inactive.
  • When people perform mental tasks--adding numbers, comparing shapes, identifying faces--different areas of their brains become active, and brain scans show these active areas as .
  • Europe's most active volcano comes back to life .
News & Articles

  • 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.
    June 14, 2013 - Northwest Herald
  • 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 ...
    June 13, 2013 - Associated Press via Yahoo! News
  • 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 ...
    June 13, 2013 - Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  • Larry Flynt in The Age
    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."
  • William Hague in Financial Times
    ...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".
  • Stewart Gull in Times Online
    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...

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