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[ak-tiv-i-tee] /ækˈtɪv ɪ ti/
noun, plural activities.
the state or quality of being active:
There was not much activity in the stock market today. He doesn't have enough physical activity in his life.
a specific deed, action, function, or sphere of action:
social activities.
work, especially in elementary grades at school, that involves direct experience by the student rather than textbook study.
energetic activity; animation; liveliness.
a use of energy or force; an active movement or operation.
normal mental or bodily power, function, or process.
Physical Chemistry. the capacity of a substance to react, corrected for the loss of reactivity due to the interaction of its constituents.
  1. the number of atoms of a radioactive substance that disintegrate per unit of time, usually expressed in curies.
  2. radioactivity.
an organizational unit or the function it performs.
Origin of activity
1520-30; (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin āctīvitās. See active, -ity
Related forms
nonactivity, noun, plural nonactivities.
preactivity, noun, plural preactivities.
superactivity, noun, plural superactivities. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for activities
  • Participation in service activities is also required.
  • It uses this information to create a database of backgrounds, events, objects and activities.
  • Get ideas here for activities and displays to enhance visitors' experiences.
  • activities offered may require individual reservations and are based upon availability.
  • The junta has placed such strict limits on her activities that she has in effect simply been released into a larger prison.
  • Find multimedia activities aligned with national standards, educational projects, and more.
  • We feature hands-on activities for kids of all ages.
  • Essential first stop for maps, advice, and guided hikes and other activities.
  • activities that amount to nondeductible personal uses at home may be seen as business activities while on sabbatical.
  • Tomorrow, perhaps, countries could be responsible only for the local activities of any global firm active in their territory.
British Dictionary definitions for activities


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being active
lively action or movement
any specific deed, action, pursuit, etc: recreational activities
the number of disintegrations of a radioactive substance in a given unit of time, usually expressed in curies or disintegrations per second
  1. the capacity of a substance to undergo chemical change
  2. the effective concentration of a substance in a chemical system. The absolute activity of a substance B, λB, is defined as exp (μBRT) where μB is the chemical potential
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Word Origin and History for activities

in schoolwork sense, 1923, American English, from activity.



c.1400, "active or secular life," from Old French activité, from Medieval Latin activitatem (nominative activitas), a word in Scholastic philosophy, from Latin activus (see active). Meaning "state of being active, briskness, liveliness" recorded from 1520s; that of "capacity for acting on matter" is from 1540s.

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activities in Medicine

activity ac·tiv·i·ty (āk-tĭv'ĭ-tē)

  1. A physiological process.

  2. The presence of neurogenic electrical energy in electroencephalography..

  3. An ideal concentration for which the law of mass action will apply perfectly.

  4. The intensity of a radioactive source.

  5. The ability to take part in a chemical reaction.

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