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Synonyms for active
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. active agent, active(noun)

    chemical agent capable of activity

    Synonyms:
    active voice, active agent

    Antonyms:
    passive, quiescent, inactive, slow, sluggish, unresisting, torpid, dead-end, dull, dormant, flat, desk-bound, dead, hypoactive, supine, extinct, nonoperational, retired, sedentary, underactive, soggy, indolent, latent, unused, deskbound, nonexistent, inert, quiet, strikebound, dark, stative, off, abeyant, uninvolved, idle, hands-off, resistless

  2. active voice, active(noun)

    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, active agent

    Antonyms:
    sluggish, flat, dead-end, extinct, quiescent, slow, indolent, inert, inactive, underactive, nonoperational, unused, hypoactive, passive, soggy, quiet, abeyant, nonexistent, dull, torpid, retired, uninvolved, dormant, supine, strikebound, resistless, dead, deskbound, dark, sedentary, stative, latent, hands-off, off, unresisting, idle, desk-bound

  3. active(adj)

    a person who is a participating member of an organization

    "the club issues a list of members, both the actives and the retirees"

    Synonyms:
    active voice, active agent

    Antonyms:
    inert, hands-off, supine, quiescent, torpid, deskbound, inactive, dormant, passive, soggy, desk-bound, dark, resistless, underactive, hypoactive, unused, nonoperational, stative, extinct, indolent, strikebound, sedentary, off, slow, sluggish, uninvolved, latent, dead-end, retired, dead, quiet, unresisting, abeyant, idle, nonexistent, flat, dull

  4. active(adj)

    tending to become more severe or wider in scope

    "active tuberculosis"

    Synonyms:
    dynamic, fighting(a), alive(p), participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    unused, sedentary, inactive, nonoperational, sluggish, nonexistent, passive, hypoactive, slow, dead, dark, desk-bound, stative, deskbound, dead-end, dormant, idle, inert, resistless, strikebound, latent, torpid, off, hands-off, soggy, quiescent, dull, uninvolved, indolent, quiet, unresisting, retired, flat, extinct, underactive, abeyant, supine

  5. active, combat-ready, fighting(a)(adj)

    engaged in or ready for military or naval operations

    "on active duty"; "the platoon is combat-ready"; "review the fighting forces"

    Antonyms:
    strikebound, hypoactive, desk-bound, quiescent, underactive, inactive, indolent, passive, sluggish, flat, idle, quiet, soggy, extinct, dull, dormant, dead, hands-off, unused, nonoperational, resistless, slow, stative, sedentary, deskbound, supine, off, dark, torpid, unresisting, uninvolved, dead-end, latent, abeyant, retired, nonexistent, inert

  6. active(adj)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    dynamic, fighting(a), alive(p), participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    quiet, resistless, dull, nonexistent, nonoperational, hands-off, strikebound, hypoactive, inactive, dark, desk-bound, slow, soggy, off, sluggish, inert, dead, unresisting, idle, retired, passive, dead-end, quiescent, unused, extinct, latent, abeyant, stative, supine, flat, dormant, indolent, uninvolved, torpid, sedentary, deskbound, underactive

  7. active, participating(adj)

    taking part in an activity

    "an active member of the club"; "he was politically active"; "the participating organizations"

    Synonyms:
    dynamic, fighting(a), alive(p), participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    passive, indolent, idle, unresisting, hands-off, dead-end, latent, inactive, hypoactive, resistless, underactive, sluggish, retired, off, extinct, sedentary, flat, quiet, stative, soggy, dormant, desk-bound, quiescent, abeyant, unused, deskbound, uninvolved, nonexistent, supine, dead, dull, torpid, inert, nonoperational, dark, strikebound, slow

  8. active(adj)

    characterized by energetic activity

    "an active toddler"; "active as a gazelle"; "an active man is a man of action"

    Synonyms:
    dynamic, fighting(a), alive(p), participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    inactive, nonexistent, dormant, quiescent, sluggish, strikebound, dark, deskbound, passive, abeyant, hands-off, unresisting, desk-bound, off, unused, stative, retired, sedentary, nonoperational, hypoactive, dead-end, supine, flat, resistless, inert, dull, latent, underactive, idle, extinct, slow, indolent, dead, soggy, torpid, uninvolved, quiet

  9. active(adj)

    exerting influence or producing a change or effect

    "an active ingredient"

    Synonyms:
    dynamic, fighting(a), alive(p), participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    desk-bound, inactive, sluggish, abeyant, dead, dormant, dull, extinct, nonexistent, slow, hands-off, quiescent, quiet, supine, dead-end, resistless, dark, strikebound, hypoactive, unused, torpid, latent, flat, unresisting, nonoperational, passive, sedentary, soggy, uninvolved, underactive, indolent, idle, deskbound, stative, inert, off, retired

  10. active(adj)

    full of activity or engaged in continuous activity

    "an active seaport"; "an active bond market"; "an active account"

    Synonyms:
    dynamic, fighting(a), alive(p), participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    flat, unused, inactive, hypoactive, sluggish, slow, deskbound, dark, uninvolved, quiescent, desk-bound, off, unresisting, strikebound, extinct, passive, dormant, torpid, resistless, soggy, sedentary, dull, dead-end, supine, abeyant, nonoperational, underactive, nonexistent, indolent, latent, inert, idle, quiet, hands-off, stative, retired, dead

  11. active, alive(p)(adj)

    in operation

    "keep hope alive"; "the tradition was still alive"; "an active tradition"

    Antonyms:
    dormant, stative, extinct, passive, resistless, dead, strikebound, desk-bound, sluggish, dull, nonexistent, off, unused, quiescent, deskbound, indolent, torpid, soggy, flat, inactive, hands-off, slow, latent, sedentary, hypoactive, dead-end, uninvolved, idle, inert, retired, quiet, unresisting, abeyant, underactive, nonoperational, supine, dark

  12. active(adj)

    (of the sun) characterized by an increased occurrence of sunspots and flares and radio emissions

    Synonyms:
    dynamic, fighting(a), alive(p), participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    quiescent, inactive, soggy, abeyant, supine, slow, dead-end, dormant, dull, nonoperational, idle, sluggish, dark, dead, unused, desk-bound, deskbound, extinct, nonexistent, unresisting, resistless, inert, off, sedentary, underactive, indolent, hands-off, torpid, hypoactive, uninvolved, latent, strikebound, passive, retired, stative, quiet, flat

  13. active(adj)

    expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: "Hemingway favors active constructions"

    Synonyms:
    dynamic, fighting(a), alive(p), participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    extinct, quiescent, uninvolved, dead, desk-bound, underactive, hypoactive, quiet, inactive, dormant, inert, flat, dull, passive, sedentary, deskbound, hands-off, abeyant, torpid, unresisting, slow, strikebound, nonoperational, nonexistent, indolent, resistless, soggy, unused, stative, idle, off, dead-end, sluggish, retired, dark, supine, latent

  14. active, dynamic(adj)

    (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, dynamical, fighting(a), alive(p), participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    inactive, deskbound, dead-end, unused, quiescent, torpid, latent, dead, strikebound, hands-off, supine, nonoperational, passive, quiet, resistless, hypoactive, stative, unresisting, inert, idle, sluggish, dormant, retired, off, desk-bound, dark, sedentary, dull, nonexistent, extinct, flat, soggy, underactive, indolent, slow, abeyant, uninvolved

  15. active(adj)

    (of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting

    Synonyms:
    dynamic, fighting(a), alive(p), participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    passive, underactive, uninvolved, extinct, inactive, slow, latent, quiescent, resistless, dead-end, dark, nonoperational, abeyant, strikebound, dead, deskbound, desk-bound, unresisting, dormant, flat, dull, quiet, unused, hands-off, soggy, sedentary, stative, idle, nonexistent, sluggish, retired, hypoactive, torpid, supine, inert, off, indolent

  16. active(adj)

    (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt

    "active volcanos"

    Synonyms:
    dynamic, fighting(a), alive(p), participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    uninvolved, latent, unused, soggy, dead, inactive, dark, passive, extinct, deskbound, flat, inert, dead-end, slow, retired, abeyant, off, sedentary, desk-bound, quiescent, quiet, unresisting, torpid, nonexistent, resistless, idle, indolent, dormant, strikebound, hands-off, hypoactive, underactive, supine, nonoperational, sluggish, stative, dull

  17. active(adj)

    engaged in full-time work

    "active duty"; "though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"

    Synonyms:
    dynamic, fighting(a), alive(p), participating, combat-ready

    Antonyms:
    slow, unresisting, dormant, quiescent, off, inactive, sedentary, desk-bound, inert, stative, passive, nonoperational, dead, hypoactive, flat, strikebound, deskbound, sluggish, underactive, dead-end, dark, indolent, dull, uninvolved, supine, latent, soggy, quiet, nonexistent, resistless, hands-off, extinct, retired, abeyant, idle, torpid, unused

Wiktionary

  1. active(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    inert, tranquil, dormant, lethargic, sedentary, slow, dull, extinct, bottom, quiescent, theoretical, sluggish, passive, speculative, indolent

  2. active(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    sluggish, extinct, indolent, dormant, passive, sedentary, inert, theoretical, speculative, slow, dull, quiescent, tranquil, lethargic, bottom

  3. active(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    inert, quiescent, dormant, tranquil, bottom, passive, sluggish, sedentary, theoretical, slow, dull, indolent, lethargic, extinct, speculative

  4. active(noun)

    Antonyms:
    dormant, lethargic, slow, passive, inert, tranquil, theoretical, dull, speculative, indolent, sedentary, extinct, sluggish, bottom, quiescent

  5. active(adjective)

    Having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; acting; \uE000105667 opposed to passive, that receives; as, certain active principles; the powers of the mind.

    Antonyms:
    bottom, dormant, sluggish, slow, quiescent, dull, lethargic, inert, sedentary, speculative, theoretical, passive, tranquil, extinct, indolent

  6. active(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    extinct, inert, passive, quiescent, bottom, sluggish, dormant, lethargic, speculative, slow, indolent, theoretical, dull, tranquil, sedentary

  7. active(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    slow, tranquil, speculative, bottom, dormant, sluggish, sedentary, quiescent, inert, passive, extinct, dull, indolent, theoretical, lethargic

  8. active(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    quiescent, extinct, dull, indolent, lethargic, inert, slow, sluggish, theoretical, passive, bottom, sedentary, dormant, speculative, tranquil

  9. active(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    lethargic, theoretical, sedentary, bottom, indolent, dormant, inert, speculative, tranquil, dull, sluggish, quiescent, passive, slow, extinct

  10. active(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    speculative, dull, extinct, slow, bottom, sedentary, inert, tranquil, quiescent, sluggish, lethargic, indolent, passive, dormant, theoretical

  11. active(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    quiescent, dull, dormant, indolent, sedentary, slow, sluggish, inert, tranquil, bottom, theoretical, lethargic, passive, speculative, extinct

  12. active(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    passive, dull, sluggish, quiescent, extinct, bottom, speculative, theoretical, lethargic, slow, sedentary, indolent, inert, dormant, tranquil

  13. active(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    inert, passive, sluggish, indolent, extinct, quiescent, tranquil, bottom, theoretical, dull, dormant, sedentary, slow, lethargic, speculative

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. active

    Active refers to both quickness and constancy of action; in the former sense it is allied with agile, alert, brisk, etc.; in the latter, with busy, diligent, industrious. The active love employment, the busy are actually employed, the diligent and the industrious are habitually busy. The restless are active from inability to keep quiet; their activity may be without purpose, or out of all proportion to the purpose contemplated. The officious are undesirably active in the affairs of others. Compare ALERT; ALIVE; MEDDLESOME.

    Synonyms:
    agile, alert, brisk, bustling, busy, diligent, energetic, expeditious, industrious, lively, mobile, nimble, officious, prompt, quick, ready, restless, sprightly, spry, supple, vigorous, wide awake

    Antonyms:
    dull, heavy, idle, inactive, indolent, inert, lazy, quiescent, quiet, slow, sluggish, stupid

    Preposition:
    Active in work, in a cause; for an object, as for justice; with persons or instrumentalities; about something, as about other people's business.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. active

    Synonyms:
    nimble, agile, lively, sprightly, brisk, quick, expert, dexterous, supple, wide-awake, prompt, busy, industrial, diligent

    Antonyms:
    slow, inactive, indolent, sluggish, heavy

Editors Contribution

  1. round character

    they have a lot of things to do

    Submitted by rinat on August 20, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. active(a.)

    Synonyms:
    practical, operative, living, vigorous, in action, in operation

  2. active(a.)

    Synonyms:
    busy, diligent, assiduous, industrious, indefatigable, unremitting, laborious, sedulous, notable, at work, hard at work, diligently employed, busily engaged

  3. active(a.)

    Synonyms:
    alert, nimble, agile, supple, brisk, dapper, stirring, SPRY, smart, quick, prompt, ready, lively, sprightly, spirited

  4. active(a.)

    Synonyms:
    enterprising, energetic, strong, efficient, in earnest

  5. active(a.)

    Synonyms:
    drastic (as medicine), powerful, efficacious

  6. active(a.)

    Synonyms:
    (Gram.) transitive

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. active(a)

    Synonyms:
    brisk, nimble, agile, sprightly, spirited, strenuous, diligent, enterprising, operative, efficacious, drastic, effective, transitive

    Antonyms:
    inactive, passive, latent, quiescent, sedentary

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How to use active in a sentence?

  1. United States:

    In Africa, ISIS-linked groups are on the rise. ISIS branches and networks now span the African continent from east to west and north to south. They've increased the lethality of their attacks, they've expanded into new areas, and they've repeatedly targeted United States interests, in South Asia, ISIS networks and ISIS-inspired terrorists are increasingly active.

  2. Roberto Perli:

    This means that the Fed will be a large and active participant in the bond market for the next few years.

  3. Tara Ruby:

    I think it's great the Army is supporting active duty mothers, sometimes, you hit a point in your military career where you have to choose between being a soldier and a mother, and a photo like this helps mothers so they don't have to choose.

  4. Brandi Hunter:

    Labs are Read MoreFlorida. It really doesn't matter what kind of lifestyle you have, they're great for families that have kids but also if you have a really active lifestyle and like to hike. ... They have a lot of functions even outside the home, so I think that's the reason why they stay pretty popular.

  5. Charles Blanke:

    Doctors are obligated to help patients in ways likely to make a difference in their quality of life – controlling pain, improving mood, addressing sleeplessness, etc. – and should offer chemotherapy only as a last resort for those who still want it after true informed consent as to the unlikelihood of it doing any good, doctors need to emphasize they will not abandon the patient with end-stage disease, and that there are ways to help that are not ‘active treatment,’.


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