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Synonyms for activeˈæk tɪv

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. active agent, active(noun)

    chemical agent capable of activity

    Synonyms:
    active voice, active agent, active

    Antonyms:
    passive, quiescent, inactive, slow, sluggish, unresisting, torpid, dead-end, dull, dormant, flat, desk-bound, dead, hypoactive, supine, extinct, nonoperational, retired, sedentary, underactive, soggy, indolent, latent, unused, deskbound, nonexistent, inert, quiet, strikebound, dark, stative, off, abeyant, uninvolved, idle, hands-off, resistless

  2. active voice, active(noun)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    active voice, active agent, active

    Antonyms:
    sluggish, flat, dead-end, extinct, quiescent, slow, indolent, inert, inactive, underactive, nonoperational, unused, hypoactive, passive, soggy, quiet, abeyant, nonexistent, dull, torpid, retired, uninvolved, dormant, supine, strikebound, resistless, dead, deskbound, dark, sedentary, stative, latent, hands-off, off, unresisting, idle, desk-bound

  3. active(adj)

    a person who is a participating member of an organization

    "the club issues a list of members, both the actives and the retirees"

    Synonyms:
    active voice, active agent

    Antonyms:
    inert, hands-off, supine, quiescent, torpid, deskbound, inactive, dormant, passive, soggy, desk-bound, dark, resistless, underactive, hypoactive, unused, nonoperational, stative, extinct, indolent, strikebound, sedentary, off, slow, sluggish, uninvolved, latent, dead-end, retired, dead, quiet, unresisting, abeyant, idle, nonexistent, flat, dull

  4. active(adj)

    tending to become more severe or wider in scope

    "active tuberculosis"

    Synonyms:
    dynamic, fighting(a), alive(p), participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    unused, sedentary, inactive, nonoperational, sluggish, nonexistent, passive, hypoactive, slow, dead, dark, desk-bound, stative, deskbound, dead-end, dormant, idle, inert, resistless, strikebound, latent, torpid, off, hands-off, soggy, quiescent, dull, uninvolved, indolent, quiet, unresisting, retired, flat, extinct, underactive, abeyant, supine

  5. active, combat-ready, fighting(a)(adj)

    engaged in or ready for military or naval operations

    "on active duty"; "the platoon is combat-ready"; "review the fighting forces"

    Antonyms:
    strikebound, hypoactive, desk-bound, quiescent, underactive, inactive, indolent, passive, sluggish, flat, idle, quiet, soggy, extinct, dull, dormant, dead, hands-off, unused, nonoperational, resistless, slow, stative, sedentary, deskbound, supine, off, dark, torpid, unresisting, uninvolved, dead-end, latent, abeyant, retired, nonexistent, inert

  6. active(adj)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    dynamic, fighting(a), alive(p), participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    quiet, resistless, dull, nonexistent, nonoperational, hands-off, strikebound, hypoactive, inactive, dark, desk-bound, slow, soggy, off, sluggish, inert, dead, unresisting, idle, retired, passive, dead-end, quiescent, unused, extinct, latent, abeyant, stative, supine, flat, dormant, indolent, uninvolved, torpid, sedentary, deskbound, underactive

  7. active, participating(adj)

    taking part in an activity

    "an active member of the club"; "he was politically active"; "the participating organizations"

    Synonyms:
    dynamic, fighting(a), alive(p), active, participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    passive, indolent, idle, unresisting, hands-off, dead-end, latent, inactive, hypoactive, resistless, underactive, sluggish, retired, off, extinct, sedentary, flat, quiet, stative, soggy, dormant, desk-bound, quiescent, abeyant, unused, deskbound, uninvolved, nonexistent, supine, dead, dull, torpid, inert, nonoperational, dark, strikebound, slow

  8. active(adj)

    characterized by energetic activity

    "an active toddler"; "active as a gazelle"; "an active man is a man of action"

    Synonyms:
    dynamic, fighting(a), alive(p), participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    inactive, nonexistent, dormant, quiescent, sluggish, strikebound, dark, deskbound, passive, abeyant, hands-off, unresisting, desk-bound, off, unused, stative, retired, sedentary, nonoperational, hypoactive, dead-end, supine, flat, resistless, inert, dull, latent, underactive, idle, extinct, slow, indolent, dead, soggy, torpid, uninvolved, quiet

  9. active(adj)

    exerting influence or producing a change or effect

    "an active ingredient"

    Synonyms:
    dynamic, fighting(a), alive(p), participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    desk-bound, inactive, sluggish, abeyant, dead, dormant, dull, extinct, nonexistent, slow, hands-off, quiescent, quiet, supine, dead-end, resistless, dark, strikebound, hypoactive, unused, torpid, latent, flat, unresisting, nonoperational, passive, sedentary, soggy, uninvolved, underactive, indolent, idle, deskbound, stative, inert, off, retired

  10. active(adj)

    full of activity or engaged in continuous activity

    "an active seaport"; "an active bond market"; "an active account"

    Synonyms:
    dynamic, fighting(a), alive(p), participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    flat, unused, inactive, hypoactive, sluggish, slow, deskbound, dark, uninvolved, quiescent, desk-bound, off, unresisting, strikebound, extinct, passive, dormant, torpid, resistless, soggy, sedentary, dull, dead-end, supine, abeyant, nonoperational, underactive, nonexistent, indolent, latent, inert, idle, quiet, hands-off, stative, retired, dead

  11. active, alive(p)(adj)

    in operation

    "keep hope alive"; "the tradition was still alive"; "an active tradition"

    Antonyms:
    dormant, stative, extinct, passive, resistless, dead, strikebound, desk-bound, sluggish, dull, nonexistent, off, unused, quiescent, deskbound, indolent, torpid, soggy, flat, inactive, hands-off, slow, latent, sedentary, hypoactive, dead-end, uninvolved, idle, inert, retired, quiet, unresisting, abeyant, underactive, nonoperational, supine, dark

  12. active(adj)

    (of the sun) characterized by an increased occurrence of sunspots and flares and radio emissions

    Synonyms:
    dynamic, fighting(a), alive(p), participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    quiescent, inactive, soggy, abeyant, supine, slow, dead-end, dormant, dull, nonoperational, idle, sluggish, dark, dead, unused, desk-bound, deskbound, extinct, nonexistent, unresisting, resistless, inert, off, sedentary, underactive, indolent, hands-off, torpid, hypoactive, uninvolved, latent, strikebound, passive, retired, stative, quiet, flat

  13. active(adj)

    expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: "Hemingway favors active constructions"

    Synonyms:
    dynamic, fighting(a), alive(p), participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    extinct, quiescent, uninvolved, dead, desk-bound, underactive, hypoactive, quiet, inactive, dormant, inert, flat, dull, passive, sedentary, deskbound, hands-off, abeyant, torpid, unresisting, slow, strikebound, nonoperational, nonexistent, indolent, resistless, soggy, unused, stative, idle, off, dead-end, sluggish, retired, dark, supine, latent

  14. active, dynamic(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

    Synonyms:
    dynamic, dynamical, fighting(a), alive(p), active, participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    inactive, deskbound, dead-end, unused, quiescent, torpid, latent, dead, strikebound, hands-off, supine, nonoperational, passive, quiet, resistless, hypoactive, stative, unresisting, inert, idle, sluggish, dormant, retired, off, desk-bound, dark, sedentary, dull, nonexistent, extinct, flat, soggy, underactive, indolent, slow, abeyant, uninvolved

  15. active(adj)

    (of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting

    Synonyms:
    dynamic, fighting(a), alive(p), participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    passive, underactive, uninvolved, extinct, inactive, slow, latent, quiescent, resistless, dead-end, dark, nonoperational, abeyant, strikebound, dead, deskbound, desk-bound, unresisting, dormant, flat, dull, quiet, unused, hands-off, soggy, sedentary, stative, idle, nonexistent, sluggish, retired, hypoactive, torpid, supine, inert, off, indolent

  16. active(adj)

    (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt

    "active volcanos"

    Synonyms:
    dynamic, fighting(a), alive(p), participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    uninvolved, latent, unused, soggy, dead, inactive, dark, passive, extinct, deskbound, flat, inert, dead-end, slow, retired, abeyant, off, sedentary, desk-bound, quiescent, quiet, unresisting, torpid, nonexistent, resistless, idle, indolent, dormant, strikebound, hands-off, hypoactive, underactive, supine, nonoperational, sluggish, stative, dull

  17. active(adj)

    engaged in full-time work

    "active duty"; "though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"

    Synonyms:
    dynamic, fighting(a), alive(p), participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    slow, unresisting, dormant, quiescent, off, inactive, sedentary, desk-bound, inert, stative, passive, nonoperational, dead, hypoactive, flat, strikebound, deskbound, sluggish, underactive, dead-end, dark, indolent, dull, uninvolved, supine, latent, soggy, quiet, nonexistent, resistless, hands-off, extinct, retired, abeyant, idle, torpid, unused

Wiktionary

  1. active(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    inert, tranquil, dormant, lethargic, sedentary, slow, dull, extinct, bottom, quiescent, theoretical, sluggish, passive, speculative, indolent

  2. active(adjective)

    Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive.

    Antonyms:
    sluggish, extinct, indolent, dormant, passive, sedentary, inert, theoretical, speculative, slow, dull, quiescent, tranquil, lethargic, bottom

  3. active(adjective)

    Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state.

    Antonyms:
    inert, quiescent, dormant, tranquil, bottom, passive, sluggish, sedentary, theoretical, slow, dull, indolent, lethargic, extinct, speculative

  4. active(noun)

    enjoying a role in anal sex in which he penetrates, rather than being penetrated by his partner

    Antonyms:
    dormant, lethargic, slow, passive, inert, tranquil, theoretical, dull, speculative, indolent, sedentary, extinct, sluggish, bottom, quiescent

  5. active(adjective)

    Having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; acting; \uE000105667\uE001 opposed to passive, that receives; as, certain active principles; the powers of the mind.

    Antonyms:
    bottom, dormant, sluggish, slow, quiescent, dull, lethargic, inert, sedentary, speculative, theoretical, passive, tranquil, extinct, indolent

  6. active(adjective)

    Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal.

    Antonyms:
    extinct, inert, passive, quiescent, bottom, sluggish, dormant, lethargic, speculative, slow, indolent, theoretical, dull, tranquil, sedentary

  7. active(adjective)

    In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; \uE000105668\uE001 opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct.

    Antonyms:
    slow, tranquil, speculative, bottom, dormant, sluggish, sedentary, quiescent, inert, passive, extinct, dull, indolent, theoretical, lethargic

  8. active(adjective)

    Given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic; diligent; busy; \uE000105669\uE001 opposed to dull, sluggish, indolent, or inert; as, an active man of business; active mind; active zeal.

    Antonyms:
    quiescent, extinct, dull, indolent, lethargic, inert, slow, sluggish, theoretical, passive, bottom, sedentary, dormant, speculative, tranquil

  9. active(adjective)

    Requiring or implying action or exertion; \uE000105670\uE001 opposed to sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or service; active scenes.

    Antonyms:
    lethargic, theoretical, sedentary, bottom, indolent, dormant, inert, speculative, tranquil, dull, sluggish, quiescent, passive, slow, extinct

  10. active(adjective)

    Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; \uE000105671\uE001 opposed to speculative or theoretical; as, an active rather than a speculative statesman.

    Antonyms:
    speculative, dull, extinct, slow, bottom, sedentary, inert, tranquil, quiescent, sluggish, lethargic, indolent, passive, dormant, theoretical

  11. active(adjective)

    Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn.

    Antonyms:
    quiescent, dull, dormant, indolent, sedentary, slow, sluggish, inert, tranquil, bottom, theoretical, lethargic, passive, speculative, extinct

  12. active(adjective)

    Implying or producing rapid action.

    Antonyms:
    passive, dull, sluggish, quiescent, extinct, bottom, speculative, theoretical, lethargic, slow, sedentary, indolent, inert, dormant, tranquil

  13. active(adjective)

    Applied to a form of the verb; \uE000105672\uE001 opposed to passive. See active voice.

    Antonyms:
    inert, passive, sluggish, indolent, extinct, quiescent, tranquil, bottom, theoretical, dull, dormant, sedentary, slow, lethargic, speculative

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. active

    Active refers to both quickness and constancy of action; in the former sense it is allied with agile, alert, brisk, etc.; in the latter, with busy, diligent, industrious. The active love employment, the busy are actually employed, the diligent and the industrious are habitually busy. The restless are active from inability to keep quiet; their activity may be without purpose, or out of all proportion to the purpose contemplated. The officious are undesirably active in the affairs of others. Compare ALERT; ALIVE; MEDDLESOME.

    Synonyms:
    agile, alert, brisk, bustling, busy, diligent, energetic, expeditious, industrious, lively, mobile, nimble, officious, prompt, quick, ready, restless, sprightly, spry, supple, vigorous, wide awake

    Antonyms:
    dull, heavy, idle, inactive, indolent, inert, lazy, quiescent, quiet, slow, sluggish, stupid

    Preposition:
    Active in work, in a cause; for an object, as for justice; with persons or instrumentalities; about something, as about other people's business.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. active(a.)

    Synonyms:
    practical, operative, living, vigorous, in action, in operation

  2. active(a.)

    Synonyms:
    busy, diligent, assiduous, industrious, indefatigable, unremitting, laborious, sedulous, notable, at work, hard at work, diligently employed, busily engaged

  3. active(a.)

    Synonyms:
    alert, nimble, agile, supple, brisk, dapper, stirring, SPRY, smart, quick, prompt, ready, lively, sprightly, spirited

  4. active(a.)

    Synonyms:
    enterprising, energetic, strong, efficient, in earnest

  5. active(a.)

    Synonyms:
    drastic (as medicine), powerful, efficacious

  6. active(a.)

    Synonyms:
    (Gram.) transitive


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