- 1Engaging or ready to engage in physically energetic pursuits: although he was seventy he was still robust and activeMore example sentences
mobile, energetic, agile, sporty, nimble, vigorous, vital, dynamic, sprightly, spry, lively, animated, bouncy, bubbly, perky, frisky, zestful, spirited; busy, bustling, occupied, involved• informal on the go, on the move, full of get-up-and-go, full of vim and vigour, full of beans, sparky, zippy, peppy, bright-eyed and bushy-tailedNorth American • informal go-go
- Among older adults categorized as physically active, 24.7 percent engage in strength training.
- Despite predictions of almost unbounded mobility, most people in industrialised nations are less physically active than ever before.
- Being physically active also helps, a morning run, ride or swim really gets those feel good hormones pumping and keeps those cortisol levels down.
- 1.1Moving or tending to move about vigorously or frequently: I couldn’t feel the baby moving, and it was normally very activeMore example sentences
- This is analogous to the predator also being an active forager moving frequently between patches.
- If the defense is active and moves from one side of the offense to the other quickly, it can be confusing to the offensive players teammates.
- S / he is a good size, vigorously active, has all the relevant bits and bobs, and is doing just fine.
- 1.2Characterized by busy or lively activity: they enjoyed an active social lifeMore example sentences
- These are busy women with very active social lives.
- Not that Elle actually had time to notice what went on with Aaron lately, what with her new busy and active social life and all.
- Why not come along and join us. we are a very busy and active institute and meet on the third Thursday at St Peter's Church in Hextable.
- 1.3(Of a person’s mind or imagination) alert and lively: Caroline nodded slowly, her active mind already racing aheadMore example sentences
- All the poems in Trouble in Mind depend on the reader's active imagination; in fact, they read as instructions for it.
- Not that I've spent a lot of time rummaging around such places, mind you, but I got me an active imagination.
- My friend also had something most of these heirs don't: a vital and active mind.
- 2Participating or engaged in a particular sphere or activity: sexually active teenagers she was an active member of the societyMore example sentences
- The order has a large urban base, and its educated members are particularly politically active.
- About a quarter were sexually active before participating in the Wise Guys program.
- He became politically active as a student and was a founder member of the Congress of Democrats.
- 2.1 [predic.] (Of a person or animal) pursuing their usual occupation or activity at a particular place or time: tigers are active mainly at nightMore example sentences
- The lack of knowledge stemmed from the fact that cats are active mainly at night and almost impossible to see in the dense vegetation where they usually live.
- These are those who live in the areas where the fighters are active.
- The Feather finfish resembling a bat is active at night.
- 3In operation; working: the old watermill was active until 1960More example sentences
- Rational strengths of force groupings for the employment in the zone of active combat operations can be substantiated by two methods.
- And, frankly, we saw what happened once active operations got under way.
- He has also noted that about half the cases this year occurred during active hostilities or combat operations in the Persian Gulf.
- 3.1(Of an electric circuit) capable of modifying its state or characteristics automatically in response to input or feedback: the receiver is continuously active whenever the vehicle ignition is switched onMore example sentences
- An active cascode amplifier circuit which includes an active cascode amplifier and an amplitude limiter.
- An active bypass circuit for use with a battery pack having a plurality of cells and method of operation thereof.
- Each of the associated heater resistors has associated active circuitry on the chip.
- 3.2(Of a volcano) that is erupting or has erupted in historical times: the volcano became active on 28 March last year Etna is Europe’s highest and most active volcanoMore example sentences
- Deception Island is a historically active volcano with the last eruptions about 30 years ago.
- The active volcanoes erupt a type of rock known as basalt.
- Some of the best rice-growing regions of Indonesia are in the shadow of active volcanoes.
- 3.3(Of a disease) in which the symptoms are manifest; not in remission or latent.More example sentences
- Two percent of elderly with latent infections develop active tuberculosis.
- In this regard, it is desirable to test their ability to distinguish between active disease and indolent infection.
- The differential diagnosis from chronic active hepatitis may present some difficult problems.
- 3.4Having a chemical or biological effect on something: active ingredientsMore example sentences
- This was supposedly caused by a chemical transformation of the active ingredient, but that conclusion was disputed by other scientists.
- They then perform a crude screening of the organisms to determine if they contain novel chemicals that are biologically active.
- Large numbers of plant species are a great source of biologically active compounds whose effect on human health or genetic material is mostly unknown.
- 4 Grammar Denoting a voice of verbs in which the subject is typically the person or thing performing the action and which can take a direct object (e.g. she loved him as opposed to the passive form he was loved).More example sentences
- Be ruthless with clutter, write in the active voice, place each idea into a sentence of its own, and lastly, get your punctuation right.
- Military vision documents are written in the active voice, with strong verbs and modifiers.
- Another advantage of sentences written in active voice is that the sentences are usually shorter.
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- An active form of a verb.More example sentences
- By the way, they discuss many different kinds of bias on the part of the news agency, not just choice between actives and passives.
- Then there were yet more inflections of verbs, passives alongside actives, subjunctives alongside indicatives, imperatives, present and past participles, gerunds and gerundives.
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- The company has been actively seeking clarification regarding the status of the company.
- If readers would like to know what is going on or would like to be more actively involved, could they contact me.
- I realised that I should start pursuing my interests more actively before it was too late.
Middle English (in the sense 'preferring action to contemplation'): from Latin activus, from act- 'done', from the verb agere.