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Active voice

Definition of the noun active voice

What does active voice mean as a name of something?


  1. the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb
    • example: `The boy threw the ball' uses the active voice
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • synonym of active voice: active
    • antonym of active voice: passive voice
    • more generic word: voice = the grammatical relation (active or passive) of the grammatical subject of a verb to the action that the verb denotes

Alternative definition of the noun active voice


  1. [grammar] the form in which the subject of a verb carries out some action


Active voice is a grammatical voice common in many of the world's languages. It is the unmarked voice for clauses featuring a transitive verb in nominative–accusative languages, including English and most other Indo-European languages.

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Google previewDictionary and Grammar of the Kongo Language: English-Kongo dictionary. Kongo-English dictionary. Grammar (1887)

The Active Voice. When a verb speaks of an action performed, or some state of activity, it wears an Active form, and must be regarded as being in the Active voice, whether transitive or mtransitive. Examples. Act. trans. Sumba : to buy.

Google previewA Dictionary of Journalism (2014)

by Tony Harcup

active voice 4 understood. Theories about the active audience counter the * hypodermic model in which journalists and other creators of media output are said to be able to inject messages into the minds of a passive audience. Advocates of ...

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active voice

From "The Active Voice"

It's true you can't live here by chance,

You have to do and be, not simply watch

or even describe. This is the city of action,

The world headquarters of the verb -

Lauris Edmond

Photo credit: Glutnix

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