Meaning of “activity” in the English Dictionary

"activity" in British English

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uk /ækˈtɪv.ə.ti/ us /ækˈtɪv.ə.t̬i/

activity noun (MOVEMENT)

B2 [ U ] the situation in which a lot of things are happening or people are moving around:

There was a lot of activity in preparation for the Queen's visit.
Economists are concerned by the low level of economic activity.
There was a sudden flurry of activity when the director walked in.

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  • The house, usually bustling with activity, was strangely silent.
  • There is increased volcanic activity in the region.
  • Have you seen the feverish activity in the kitchen?
  • The house was a hive of activity on the day before the wedding.
  • After a sudden burst of activity, the team seemed to run out of energy again.

activity noun (WORK)

B2 [ C or U ] the work of a group or organization to achieve an aim:

He was found guilty of terrorist activity.
criminal activities

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  • After weeks of frenetic activity, the job was finally finished.
  • Textbook writing can be an intellectually and financially rewarding activity.
  • There was a sudden spurt of activity in the housing market.
  • There has been a lot of criminal activity in the town lately.
  • He was imprisoned for his terrorist activities.

activity noun (ENJOYMENT)

A2 [ C usually plural ] something that is done for enjoyment, especially an organized event:

His spare-time activities include cooking, tennis, and windsurfing.
We offer our guests a wide range of outdoor/sporting activities.

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  • These activities should be available to all pupils, not just a select few.
  • She does a variety of fitness activities.
  • Hostile feelings and violent responses often seem to be sublimated into sporting activities.
  • indoor activities
  • leisure activities

(Definition of “activity” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"activity" in American English

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activitynoun [ C/U ]

us /ækˈtɪv·ɪ·t̬i/

the doing of something, or something that you are doing, have done, or could do:

[ C ] There were lots of activities for children at the museum.
[ C ] Her favorite activity is visiting antique shops.
[ U ] Carbon dioxide is also produced by human activity.

(Definition of “activity” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"activity" in Business English

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uk /ækˈtɪvəti/ us

[ U ] a situation in which a lot of things are happening or being done:

business/commercial/economic activity Any conflict has the potential to disrupt business activity.
boost/increase activity This package of tax cuts and spending increases is designed to boost economic activity over the next year.
The increased level of activity in our principal markets flattened out during the first half of this year.

[ C, usually singular ] the work of a person, group, or organization to achieve something, especially to make money:

The company's activities stretch from Australia to the US.
We invest primarily in companies which have their principal business activities in the Pacific Basin.

(Definition of “activity” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)