Definition of interactive in English:


Syllabification: in·ter·ac·tive
Pronunciation: /ˌintərˈaktiv


  • 1(Of two people or things) influencing or having an effect on each other: fully sighted children in interactive play with others with defective vision
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    • Roadcasting provides a set of methods to transform radio into a community-driven interactive medium.
    • Presenter Hafsa Mossi will coordinate all interactive discussions from a studio in Nairobi.
    • The museum also has a community fire safety room, with an interactive exhibit of a fire-damaged bedroom.
  • 1.1Allowing a two-way flow of information between a computer and a computer-user; responding to a user’s input: a fully interactive map of the area
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    • The campaign will also include radio and magazine advertising and an interactive firework safety computer game.
    • They increase response times of interactive electronic devices, as well as with the internet.
    • Centring on an interactive computer game, the project shows money worries can be eased with careful planning.
    two-way, responsive, able to react/respond; hands-on, direct



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  • While I had it all laid out, I took a picture, and if you follow the link you can interactively explore what's in there.
  • A virtual tour allows you to interactively move your mouse within an image to allow you to see a 360 degree view of a scene.
  • There are many drama and art activities that help children engage interactively with the world of fiction.


Pronunciation: /-akˈtivitē/
More example sentences
  • A pre-ordained question with a recorded answer is hardly interactivity.
  • The key features that differentiate the web from old media are interconnectedness and interactivity.
  • The only interactivity with your television set involves you and your remote control.


mid 19th century: from interact, on the pattern of active.

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