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"passive" in American English

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passiveadjective

us   /ˈpæs·ɪv/
  • passive adjective (BEHAVIOR)

not reacting to what happens, or not acting or taking part: They attack people who are too weak or too passive to resist.
  • passive adjective (GRAMMAR)

grammar [not gradable] describing a verb or sentence in which the subject is the person or thing to which something stated is done: In the sentence "I was given a gift by Alex," the verb "give" is passive, or in the passive voice. Note: In English, passive verbs or sentences are formed with a form of the verb "to be" and a past participle.
passively
adverb us   /ˈpæs·ɪv·li/
She watched passively as the children ran wild.
passivity
noun [U] /pæˈsɪv·ɪ·t̬i/
Unemployment leads to political passivity, according to a study in Sweden.
(Definition of passive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"passive" in British English

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passiveadjective

uk   /ˈpæs.ɪv/ us   /ˈpæs.ɪv/
  • passive adjective (BEHAVIOUR)

B2 often disapproving not acting to influence or change a situation; allowing other people to be in control: He's very passive in the relationship. Traditionally in many professions women have been confined to more passive roles.
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  • passive adjective (GRAMMAR)

B1 specialized language The passive form of a verb is being used when the grammatical subject is the person or thing that experiences the effect of an action, rather than the person or thing that causes the effect: 'He was released from prison' is a passive sentence. In the sentence "He was hit by the ball", "was hit" is in the passive voice.
passively
adverb uk   /ˈpæs.ɪv.li/ us   /ˈpæs.ɪv.li/
He tends to wait passively for his boss to tell him what to do.
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passivenoun [S]

uk   /ˈpæs.ɪv/ us   /ˈpæs.ɪv/ specialized
the passive
B1 the form of a verb used when the grammatical subject is the person or thing that experiences the effect of an action, rather than the person or thing that causes the effect: When changed into the passive, "The dog chased the cat" becomes "The cat was chased by the dog".
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(Definition of passive from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"passive" in Business English

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passiveadjective

uk   /ˈpæsɪv/ us  
not acting to influence or change a situation, but allowing others to be in control: One of the interviewers asked most of the questions, and the other took a more passive role. Interactive TV technology makes passive viewers into active participants.
passively
adverb
He tends to wait passively for his boss to tell him what to do.
(Definition of passive from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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