Definition of active
What does the word active mean?
part of speech: adjective
Given to outward action; working, effective; energetic, diligent; acting of one\'s own accord, acting upon others; (Gram.) the active voice comprises all forms of intransitive verbs, and those forms of transitive verbs that attribute the verbal action to the person or thing whence it proceeds (the logical subject), as We punished him; not, like the forms of the passive voice, to the person or thing to whom it is directed (the logical object), as He was punished by us. Less correctly, verbs are themselves called active. Hence actively adv. [French]