active agent, active(noun)
chemical agent capable of activity
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
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"
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
a person who is a participating member of an organization
"the club issues a list of members, both the actives and the retirees"
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
tending to become more severe or wider in scope
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
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"
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
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"
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
taking part in an activity
"an active member of the club"; "he was politically active"; "the participating organizations"
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
characterized by energetic activity
"an active toddler"; "active as a gazelle"; "an active man is a man of action"
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
exerting influence or producing a change or effect
"an active ingredient"
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
full of activity or engaged in continuous activity
"an active seaport"; "an active bond market"; "an active account"
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
"keep hope alive"; "the tradition was still alive"; "an active tradition"
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
(of the sun) characterized by an increased occurrence of sunspots and flares and radio emissions
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
expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: "Hemingway favors active constructions"
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
(used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water')) expressing action rather than a state of being
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
(of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting
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
(of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt
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
engaged in full-time work
"active duty"; "though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"
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
active(adjective)Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive.
active(adjective)Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state.
active(noun)enjoying a role in anal sex in which he penetrates, rather than being penetrated by his partner
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.
active(adjective)Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal.
active(adjective)In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; \uE000105668\uE001 opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct.
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.
active(adjective)Requiring or implying action or exertion; \uE000105670\uE001 opposed to sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or service; active scenes.
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.
active(adjective)Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn.
active(adjective)Implying or producing rapid action.
active(adjective)Applied to a form of the verb; \uE000105672\uE001 opposed to passive. See active voice.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
agile, alert, brisk, bustling, busy, diligent, energetic, expeditious, industrious, lively, mobile, nimble, officious, prompt, quick, ready, restless, sprightly, spry, supple, vigorous, wide awake
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
List of paraphrases:
assets, actively, asset, positive, proactive, activates, select, pro-active, dynamic, activate, activa, vigorous, vibrant, energetic, working, enable, effective, activity, positively, check, activist, lively, enables, turns, actif, activities, vigorously
Translations for active
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- حرك, فاره, شغال, نشيط, عامل, فاعلArabic
- активен, действащ, деен, енергичен, действителенBulgarian
- rührig, aktiv, tätig, gewandt, flinkGerman
- tegev-, kehtiv, asjalik, tarmukas, usin, aktiiv, väle, elav, tegutsev, tegev, isikulineEstonian
- آکتیو, معلومPersian
- spreigeach, giobachScottish Gaelic
- ぴちぴち, 能動的, 活発, 積極的, 活動的, 活躍, ぴんぴん, すばしっこいJapanese
- darbīgs, žirgts, aktīvs, spirgts, kustīgs, izdarīgs, darāms, mundrs, ņiprs, možsLatvian
- giat, aktifMalay
- czynny, aktywnyPolish
- ativo, ativadoPortuguese
- деятельный, активный, живой, действующий, действительный, проворный, энергичныйRussian
- aktíven, dejávenSlovene
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