Definition of interactive in English:



  • 1(of two people or things) influencing each other.

    ‘fully sighted children in interactive play with others with defective vision’
    • ‘Roadcasting provides a set of methods to transform radio into a community-driven interactive medium.’
    • ‘Teachers, on their part, should be creative and classes should be interactive.’
    • ‘Presenter Hafsa Mossi will coordinate all interactive discussions from a studio in Nairobi.’
    • ‘Nine children's drama groups have produced an interactive performance.’
    • ‘So why not give them a passport to capture their achievements in a fun and interactive way?’
    • ‘The finishing touches are being put to the biggest-ever interactive exhibition to come to Manchester.’
    • ‘He has worked for museums, building interactive exhibits and curating and designing exhibitions.’
    • ‘The fondue was a fun, interactive meal, making for a most enjoyable evening at Elisabelle.’
    • ‘A Braintree couple narrowly failed to win the UK's first interactive wedding.’
    • ‘Some were more interactive than others, and there were times when I felt bored.’
    • ‘The museum also has a community fire safety room, with an interactive exhibit of a fire-damaged bedroom.’
    • ‘There was some interactive discussion with the representative of Ravens Group along with some member of the public.’
    • ‘You can explore glorious colour images of galaxies and the remnants of dying stars through an interactive jigsaw puzzle.’
    • ‘His talk concluded with a brief interactive exercise involving the students.’
    • ‘The Scottish Seabird Centre on the harbour front is a fascinating diversion offering interactive family fun.’
    • ‘It combines a collection of magical stories about the city with an interactive adventure trail.’
    • ‘The hostess is not a guide who would be catering to a busload, but one who pays attention to a small group and is interactive.’
    • ‘We used spatial interactive modelling methods to reflect the influence of supply on usage.’
    • ‘The conference will wrap up on the third day with an interactive session.’
    • ‘So, classes should be interactive, the teacher more a facilitator than a figure of authority.’
    collaborative, collective, communal, combined, common, joint, shared, mutual, united, unified, allied, cross-party, pooled, mass, concerted, coordinated, interactive, unanimous, harmonious
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    1. 1.1Allowing a two-way flow of information between a computer and a computer-user; responding to a user’s input.
      ‘a fully interactive map of the area’
      • ‘Plugged into an interactive whiteboard, it could tell a student if the answer proposed was correct, for example.’
      • ‘Whereas print and TV media is linear and one-way the internet is interactive and responsive.’
      • ‘The interactive TV will carry features including email, instant messaging and chat.’
      • ‘The campaign will also include radio and magazine advertising and an interactive firework safety computer game.’
      • ‘Political Compass is a simple interactive website that allows you to gauge your true political allegiance.’
      • ‘This software can also be used for online quizzes and interactive games and videos.’
      • ‘The interactive typing software has fun games and exercises to help you learn to type.’
      • ‘They increase response times of interactive electronic devices, as well as with the internet.’
      • ‘Instead, exams will resemble interactive video games and will be set and marked by computer.’
      • ‘It'll take an awful lot more than a few interactive websites to sort that mess out.’
      • ‘An interesting new application of display promotion is the use of interactive computers.’
      • ‘Centring on an interactive computer game, the project shows money worries can be eased with careful planning.’
      • ‘Other technologies, such as interactive TV, will take much of the betting cash.’
      • ‘The improvement in graphics has vastly outstripped advances in interactive technology.’
      • ‘However, this leaves a huge range of consumer goods that can use newer, bigger, interactive screens.’
      • ‘These could include pictures, models, toys, games or interactive machines.’
      • ‘The icon means there is an interactive calculator in this section.’
      • ‘Technology will enable Lauren to translate speech and audio on interactive devices.’
      • ‘It is more like an interactive computer adventure-game than an Ordnance Survey sheet.’
      • ‘These works have interactive video and sound controlled by a viewer's body presence.’
      reciprocal, reciprocated, requited, returned, give-and-take, interchangeable, interactive, complementary, correlative
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Mid 19th century: from interact, on the pattern of active.