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Definition of Active

Active

  1. Having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; acting; -- opposed to passive, that receives; as, certain active principles; the powers of the mind.
  2. Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal.
  3. In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; -- opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct; as, active laws; active hostilities; an active volcano.
  4. Given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic; diligent; busy; -- opposed to dull, sluggish, indolent, or inert; as, an active man of business; active mind; active zeal.
  5. Requiring or implying action or exertion; -- opposed to sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or service; active scenes.
  6. Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; -- opposed to speculative or theoretical; as, an active rather than a speculative statesman.
  7. Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn.
  8. Implying or producing rapid action; as, an active disease; an active remedy.
  9. Applied to a form of the verb; -- opposed to passive. See Active voice, under Voice.
  10. Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive.
  11. Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state.

Active Quotations

I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active - not more happy - nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.
Edgar Allan Poe

I'm always rather nervous about how you talk about women who are active in politics, whether they want to be talked about as women or as politicians.
John F. Kennedy

Communists have always played an active role in the fight by colonial countries for their freedom, because the short-term objects of Communism would always correspond with the long-term objects of freedom movements.
Nelson Mandela

Before I went to jail, I was active in politics as a member of South Africa's leading organization - and I was generally busy from 7 A.M. until midnight. I never had time to sit and think.
Nelson Mandela

Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Active Translations

active in Dutch is werkzaam, actief, bedrijvig
active in French is allume, voix active, actif, agissant
active in Italian is attivo
active in Latin is impiger, strenuus
active in Portuguese is ativo
active in Spanish is activo
active in Swedish is aktiv, verksam

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