ac|tive1 W2S2 [ˈæktıv] adj
4¦(doing something)¦
[Date: 1300-1400; : Latin; Origin: activus, from agere; ACT1]
1.) ¦(BUSY)¦
always busy doing things, especially physical activities
≠ ↑inactive
games for active youngsters
She's over 80, but is still very active.
active life/lifestyle
My father always led a very active life.
active mind/imagination
a child with a very active imagination
2.) ¦(INVOLVED)¦
involved in an organization or activity and doing lots of practical things to achieve your aims
He became politically active at college.
be active in (doing) sth
The Bureau is active in promoting overseas investment.
take/play an active part/role in sth
Encourage students to take an active part in discussions.
She took an active interest in local charities.
active participation/involvement
the importance of active participation by elderly people in the life of the community
We're taking active steps (=doing practical things) to deal with the problem.
We maintain active links with other European universities.
active member/supporter
operating in a way that is normal or expected
≠ ↑inactive
The virus is active even at low temperatures.
doing something regularly
sexually active teenagers
5.) ¦(VOLCANO)¦
an active ↑volcano is likely to explode at any time
The volcano became active last year with a series of eruptions.
6.) ¦(GRAMMAR)¦
an active verb or sentence has the person or thing doing the action as its ↑subject. In 'The boy kicked the ball', the verb 'kick' is active
→↑passive1 (2)
7.) ¦(CHEMICAL)¦
producing a chemical reaction
nicotine, the active ingredient in tobacco
>actively adv
Carol was actively involved in the local sports club.
active 2
active2 n
the active
the active form of a verb, for example 'destroyed' in the sentence 'Enemy planes destroyed the village.'

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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