Definition of active noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈæktɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæktɪv//
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(also active voice) [singular] the form of a verb in which the subject is the person or thing that performs the action In ‘She drove the car’, ‘she’ is the subject and the verb ‘drove’ is in the active. compare passive See related entries: Grammar Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘preferring action to contemplation’): from Latin activus, from act- ‘done’, from the verb agere.
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