active

ac•tive
[[t]ˈæk tɪv[/t]] adj.
1) engaged in action or activity; characterized by energetic work, motion, etc.:
an active life[/ex]
2) being in existence, progress, or motion:
active hostilities[/ex]
3) marked by or disposed to direct involvement or practical action:
active support[/ex]
4) involving physical action:
active sports[/ex]
5) agile; nimble
6) characterized by current activity, participation, or use:
an active member; an active account[/ex]
7) characterized by considerable or vigorous activity:
an active market in wheat[/ex]
8) capable of exerting influence
(opposed to passive):
active treason[/ex]
9) effective
(opposed to inert):
active ingredients[/ex]
10) gram.
a) of, pertaining to, or being a voice, verb form, or construction having a subject represented as performing or causing the action expressed by the verb, as the verb form write in I write letters every day
(opposed to passive).
b) (of a verb) expressing an action rather than a state; nonstative
11) requiring or giving rise to action; practical
12) gel (of a volcano) in eruption or liable to erupt; not dormant or extinct
13) gel (of a fault) experiencing recurrent seismic movement
14) elo
a) acting as a source of electrical energy, as a generator
b) capable of amplifying or converting voltages or currents, as a transistor or diode
15) mil (of military personnel) on active duty
16) gram. the active voice
17) gram. a form or construction in the active voice
Etymology: 1300–50; < MF < L āctīvus < āctus, ptp. ofagereto do, act ac′tive•ly, adv. ac′tive•ness, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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