› busy with or involved in a particular activity: active in sth He expects to remain active in commodity trading in London. She claims to be active in almost every aspect of her business.
› doing something practical rather than allowing a situation to develop by itself: an active member/participant He has been an active member of the Executive Committee since 2004.an active part/role Employees who take an active part in the project feel more involved and more responsible about the results. active participation/interventionactive in sth We would expect countries whose firms are highly globalized to be more active in adopting e-commerce. → See also proactive
› FINANCE involving a lot of buying and selling of shares, etc.: active buying/trading Trading was most active in five-year maturities. The session was active early, but volume dropped off after midday. This made Intel the second-most active stock in U.S. trading.
› used to describe a company that is selling goods and services or doing business, especially in a particular place: Whitbread was especially active but several other brewers were also buying at the rate of 20 or 30 a year.be active in sth The company is active in a wide range of businesses, including oil, chemicals, and construction. Over the last ten years, the company has become active in Europe.
› working or being used at a particular time: active accounts/cardholders/customers The company has more than one million active cardholders, with about 44% of all group sales being made through the card. active employees/members The organization releases a weekly survey of the number of active oil and gas drilling rigs in the U.S. and Canada.
› IT relating to programs, etc. that are being used at a particular time: Click the associated tab in a bar running across the screen, and the selected page opens in the active window.