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'active' - used as an adjective
Synonyms for 'active'
1. tending to become more severe or wider in scope
active tuberculosis
2. engaged in or ready for military or naval operations
on active duty
3. 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
4. taking part in an activity
an active member of the club
he was politically active
5. characterized by energetic activity
an active toddler
active as a gazelle
an active man is a man of action
6. exerting influence or producing a change or effect
an active ingredient
7. full of activity or engaged in continuous activity
an active seaport
an active bond market
an active account
8. in operation
an active tradition
9. of the sun; characterized by a high level activity in sunspots and flares and radio emissions
10. expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor
Hemingway favors active constructions
11. expressing action rather than a state of being; used of verbs (e.g. 'to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. 'running' in 'running water')
12. (of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting
13. (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt
active volcanos
14. engaged in full-time work
active duty
though past retirement age he is still active in his profession

'active' - used as a noun
15. chemical agent capable of activity
16. 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
17. a person devoted to the active life
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See also
  • inactive
  • passive
  • quiet
  • stative
  • extinct
  • dormant
  • contemplative
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