Synonyms for active


1. active agent, active, chemical agent
usage: chemical agent capable of activity
2. active voice, active, voice
usage: 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"
3. active, person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul
usage: a person who is a participating member of an organization; "the club issues a list of members, both the actives and the retirees"


1. active (vs. inactive), progressive
usage: tending to become more severe or wider in scope; "active tuberculosis"
2. active, combat-ready, fighting(prenominal), operational (vs. nonoperational)
usage: engaged in or ready for military or naval operations; "on active duty"; "the platoon is combat-ready"; "review the fighting forces"
3. active (vs. passive), activist, activistic, hands-on, proactive
usage: 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"
4. active, participating, involved (vs. uninvolved)
usage: taking part in an activity; "an active member of the club"; "he was politically active"; "the participating organizations"
5. active (vs. inactive), about(predicate), astir(predicate), acrobatic, athletic, gymnastic, agile, nimble, quick, spry, hot, hyperactive, overactive, on the go(predicate), sporty, energetic, lively
usage: characterized by energetic activity; "an active toddler"; "active as a gazelle"; "an active man is a man of action"
6. active (vs. inactive), activated, counteractive, surface-active
usage: exerting influence or producing a change or effect; "an active ingredient"
7. active (vs. inactive), brisk, bustling, busy, going(prenominal), open, springy
usage: full of activity or engaged in continuous activity; "an active seaport"; "an active bond market"; "an active account"
8. active, alive(predicate), existent (vs. nonexistent), existing
usage: in operation; "keep hope alive"; "the tradition was still alive"; "an active tradition"
9. active (vs. quiet)
usage: (of the sun) characterized by an increased occurrence of sunspots and flares and radio emissions
10. active (vs. passive)
usage: expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: "Hemingway favors active constructions"
11. active (vs. stative), dynamic
usage: (used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water')) expressing action rather than a state of being
12. active (vs. extinct), alive, live, live
usage: (of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting
13. active (vs. dormant), eruptive
usage: (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt; "active volcanos"
14. active (vs. inactive), activated
usage: engaged in full-time work; "active duty"; "though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"
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