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active

See also: activé

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English actif, from Old French actif, from Latin activus, from agere (to do, to act); see act.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

active (comparative more active, superlative most active)

  1. Having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; acting; — opposed to passive, that receives.
    certain active principles;  the active powers of the mind
  2. Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble.
    an active child or animal
  3. In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; — opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct.
    active laws;  active hostilities
    1. (specifically, of a volcano) Being an active volcano.
  4. Given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic; diligent; busy; — opposed to dull, sluggish, indolent, or inert.
    an active man of business;  active mind;  active zeal
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter 1, The Purchase Price:
      This new-comer was a man who in any company would have seemed striking. [] He was smooth-faced, and his fresh skin and well-developed figure bespoke the man in good physical condition through active exercise, yet well content with the world's apportionment.
  5. Requiring or implying action or exertion; — opposed to sedentary or to tranquil.
    active employment or service  active scenes
  6. Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; — opposed to speculative or theoretical.
    an active rather than a speculative statesman
  7. Brisk; lively.
    an active demand for corn
  8. Implying or producing rapid action.
    an active disease;  an active remedy
  9. (grammar) About verbs.
    1. Applied to a form of the verb; — opposed to passive. See active voice.
    2. Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive.
    3. Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state.
  10. (gay sexual slang) (of a homosexual man) enjoying a role in anal sex in which he penetrates, rather than being penetrated by his partner.

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NounEdit

active (plural actives)

  1. A person or thing that is acting or capable of acting.

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AsturianEdit

VerbEdit

active

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of activar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of activar

FrenchEdit

AdjectiveEdit

active

  1. feminine form of actif

VerbEdit

active

  1. first-person singular present indicative of activer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of activer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of activer
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of activer
  5. second-person singular imperative of activer

AnagramsEdit


LatinEdit

AdjectiveEdit

actīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of actīvus

PortugueseEdit

VerbEdit

active

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of activar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of activar
  3. first-person singular imperative of activar
  4. third-person singular imperative of activar

RomanianEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

active

  1. feminine plural nominative form of activ
  2. feminine plural accusative form of activ
  3. neuter plural nominative form of activ
  4. neuter plural accusative form of activ

SpanishEdit

VerbEdit

active

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of activar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of activar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of activar.