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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-tiv]
    • /ˈæk tɪv/
    • /ˈæk.tɪv.li/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-tiv]
    • /ˈæk tɪv/

Definitions of actively word

  • adjective actively engaged in action; characterized by energetic work, participation, etc.; busy: an active life. 1
  • adjective actively being in a state of existence, progress, or motion: active hostilities. 1
  • adjective actively involving physical effort and action: active sports. 1
  • adjective actively having the power of quick motion; nimble: active as a gazelle. 1
  • adjective actively characterized by action, motion, volume, use, participation, etc.: an active market in wheat; an active list of subscribers. 1
  • adjective actively causing activity or change; capable of exerting influence (opposed to passive): active treason. 1

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Origin of actively

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
1300-50; < Latin āctīvus (see act, -ive); replacing Middle English actif < Middle French < Latin

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Parts of speech for Actively


actively popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for actively

adv actively

  • strongly — with great strength or force: wind blowing strongly from the west.
  • seriously — in a serious manner: He shook his head seriously.
  • vigorously — full of or characterized by vigor: a vigorous effort.
  • heavily — with a great weight or burden: a heavily loaded wagon.
  • severely — harsh; unnecessarily extreme: severe criticism; severe laws.

adverb actively

  • aggressively — characterized by or tending toward unprovoked offensives, attacks, invasions, or the like; militantly forward or menacing: aggressive acts against a neighboring country.
  • nondynamic — pertaining to or characterized by energy or effective action; vigorously active or forceful; energetic: the dynamic president of the firm.
  • anxiously — full of mental distress or uneasiness because of fear of danger or misfortune; greatly worried; solicitous: Her parents were anxious about her poor health.
  • diligently — industriously

Antonyms for actively

adv actively

  • lightly — with little weight, force, intensity, etc.; gently: to press lightly on a door bell.
  • softly — yielding readily to touch or pressure; easily penetrated, divided, or changed in shape; not hard or stiff: a soft pillow.
  • moderately — kept or keeping within reasonable or proper limits; not extreme, excessive, or intense: a moderate price.
  • gently — kindly; amiable: a gentle manner.
  • unenthusiastically — full of or characterized by enthusiasm; ardent: He seems very enthusiastic about his role in the play.

adverb actively

  • half-heartedly — having or showing little enthusiasm: a halfhearted attempt to work.

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