active

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

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Adjective[edit]

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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Noun[edit]

active (plural actives)

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

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Asturian[edit]

Verb[edit]

active

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

French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

active

  1. feminine form of actif

Verb[edit]

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

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Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

actīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of actīvus

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

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

Romanian[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

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

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

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.