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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. tending to become more severe or wider in scope; "active tuberculosis"
    Antonym(s): inactive
  2. engaged in or ready for military or naval operations; "on active duty"; "the platoon is combat-ready"; "review the fighting forces"
    Synonym(s): active, combat-ready, fighting(a)
  3. 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"
    Antonym(s): inactive, passive
  4. taking part in an activity; "an active member of the club"; "he was politically active"; "the participating organizations"
    Synonym(s): active, participating
  5. characterized by energetic activity; "an active toddler"; "active as a gazelle"; "an active man is a man of action"
    Antonym(s): inactive
  6. exerting influence or producing a change or effect; "an active ingredient"
    Antonym(s): inactive
  7. full of activity or engaged in continuous activity; "an active seaport"; "an active bond market"; "an active account"
    Antonym(s): inactive
  8. in operation; "keep hope alive"; "the tradition was still alive"; "an active tradition"
    Synonym(s): active, alive(p)
  9. (of the sun) characterized by an increased occurrence of sunspots and flares and radio emissions
    Antonym(s): quiet
  10. expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: "Hemingway favors active constructions"
    Antonym(s): passive
  11. (used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water')) expressing action rather than a state of being
    Synonym(s): active, dynamic
    Antonym(s): stative
  12. (of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting
    Antonym(s): extinct
  13. (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt; "active volcanos"
    Antonym(s): dormant, inactive
  14. engaged in full-time work; "active duty"; "though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"
    Antonym(s): inactive
  1. chemical agent capable of activity [syn: active agent, active]
  2. 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"
    Synonym(s): active voice, active
    Antonym(s): passive, passive voice
  3. a person who is a participating member of an organization; "the club issues a list of members, both the actives and the retirees"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Active \Ac"tive\, a. [F. actif, L. activus, fr. agere to act.]
      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.
                     Active and nervous was his gait.         --Wordsworth.
      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. (Gram.)
            (a) Applied to a form of the verb; -- opposed to
                  {passive}. See {Active voice}, under {Voice}.
            (b) Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts
                  upon or affects something else; transitive.
            (c) Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct
                  from mere existence or state.
      {Active capital}, {Active wealth}, money, or property that
            may readily be converted into money.
      Syn: Agile; alert; brisk; vigorous; nimble; lively; quick;
               sprightly; prompt; energetic.
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