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1(of a person) engaging or ready to engage in physically energetic pursuits:I needed to change my lifestyle and become more active moving or tending to move about vigorously or frequently:active fish need a larger tank characterized by energetic activity:they enjoyed an active social life (of a person’s mind or imagination) alert and lively. 2doing things for an organization, cause, or campaign, rather than simply giving it one’s support:she was an active member of the church he had never been very active in the affairs of the institute he enjoyed the active support of the government (of a person) participating or engaged in a particular sphere or activity:a politically active student body [predic.] (of a person or animal) pursuing their usual occupation or activity, typically at a particular place or time:tigers are active mainly at night 3working; operative:the old mill was active until 1960 (of a bank account) in continuous use. (of an electrical circuit) capable of modifying its state or characteristics automatically in response to input or feedback. (of a volcano) currently erupting, or that has erupted within historical times. Often contrasted with dormant or extinct. (of a disease) in which the symptoms are manifest; not in remission or latent:active colitis having a chemical or biological effect on something:350 active ingredients have been banned from pesticides 4 Grammar relating to or denoting the voice that attributes the action of a verb to the person or thing from which it logically proceeds (e.g., of the verbs in guns kill and we saw him). The opposite of passive.
an active form of a verb.
) the active voice.