Definition of active


  • tending to become more severe or wider in scope; "active tuberculosis". Antonyms: inactive.
  • engaged in or ready for military or naval operations; "on active duty", "the platoon is combat-ready", "review the fighting forces". Synonyms: combat-ready, fighting.
  • disposed to take action or effectuate change; "a director who takes an active interest in corporate operations", "an active antagonism", "he was active in drawing attention to their grievances". Antonyms: passive.
  • taking part in an activity; "an active member of the club", "he was politically active", "the participating organizations". Synonyms: participating.
  • characterized by energetic activity; "an active toddler", "active as a gazelle", "an active man is a man of action". Antonyms: inactive.
  • exerting influence or producing a change or effect; "an active ingredient". Antonyms: inactive.
  • full of activity or engaged in continuous activity; "an active seaport", "an active bond market", "an active account". Antonyms: inactive.
  • in operation; "keep hope alive", "the tradition was still alive", "an active tradition". Synonyms: alive.
  • (of the sun) characterized by an increased occurrence of sunspots and flares and radio emissions. Antonyms: quiet.
  • expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor:; "Hemingway favors active constructions". Antonyms: passive.
  • (used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water')) expressing action rather than a state of being. Synonyms: dynamic. Antonyms: stative.
  • (of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting. Antonyms: extinct.
  • (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt; "active volcanos". Antonyms: dormant.
  • engaged in full-time work; "active duty", "though past retirement age he is still active in his profession". Antonyms: inactive.


  • chemical agent capable of activity. Synonyms: active agent.
  • the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb; "`The boy threw the ball' uses the active voice". Synonyms: active voice. Antonyms: passive voice.
  • a person who is a participating member of an organization; "the club issues a list of members, both the actives and the retirees".

Rhymes with active

attractive, hyperactive, inactive, interactive, interactive, overactive, proactive, radioactive, reactive, refractive, retroactive, unattractive.

Start with active

activenesses, activeness, actives, actively.

End with active

counteractive, protractive, abstractive, underactive, bioactive, distractive, radioactive, subtractive, nonreactive, hyperactive, nonactive, nonradioactive, proactive, overactive, neuroactive, enactive, psychoactive, extractive, noninteractive, attractive, putrefactive, retroactive, hyperreactive, interactive, olfactive, immunoreactive, impactive, tractive, refractive, contractive, vasoactive, reactive, nonretroactive, coactive, inactive, detractive, unattractive.

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Scrabble and Words With Friends points

  • active is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 11 points
  • active is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 11 points
  • active is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 13 points
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