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Synonyms for active
ˈæk tɪvac·tive

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Wiktionary

  1. activeadjective

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

  2. activeadjective

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

  3. activeadjective

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

  4. activenoun

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

  5. activeadjective

    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.

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

  6. activeadjective

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

  7. activeadjective

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

  8. activeadjective

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

  9. activeadjective

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

  10. activeadjective

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

  11. activeadjective

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

  12. activeadjective

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

  13. activeadjective

    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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. active agent, activenoun

    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, activenoun

    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. activeadjective

    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. activeadjective

    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)adjective

    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. activeadjective

    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, participatingadjective

    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. activeadjective

    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. activeadjective

    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. activeadjective

    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)adjective

    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. activeadjective

    (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. activeadjective

    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, dynamicadjective

    (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. activeadjective

    (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. activeadjective

    (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. activeadjective

    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

Editors Contribution

  1. lazy

    when your lazy, you're like a couch potato, when you're active, you can be all tired of exercise, work and more!

    she's very active, but her little brother is very lazy.

    Submitted by xnrtd on January 16, 2021  
  2. round character

    they have a lot of things to do

    Submitted by rinat on August 20, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. activeadjective

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

  2. activeadjective

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

  3. activeadjective

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

  4. activeadjective

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

  5. activeadjective

    Synonyms:
    drastic (as medicine), powerful, efficacious

  6. activeadjective

    Synonyms:
    (Gram.) transitive

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. activeadjective

    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. Andy Papathanassiou:

    For a lot of guys that's very tough, very dramatic, when football didn't work out, he wasn't one of these guys who put on a sad face. He became known and active in another area.

  2. Christina Fontana:

    The thing that struck me so much about Christina’s story and case was the passion and the tenacity that her mom had for finding her - and she had active leads, she was out there with her husband following up on those leads. They felt like they were on their own. They are just so passionate about finding her. I got caught up in that passion and that’s why I shifted a lot of my focus from the original documentary into Christina’s story.

  3. 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, ’.

  4. Mark Kelly:

    It's important to stay active, and she wants to do everything she used to do before.

  5. Michael Osterholm:

    She enjoys bridge and William Schaffner's an important part of her life and William Schaffner keeps her mentally active, but she's going to give William Schaffner up for a while.


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