Definition of activity in English:

activity

noun

  • 1The condition in which things are happening or being done.

    ‘there has been a sustained level of activity in the economy’
    ‘the only sign of human activity now is the boatload of day-tripper from the mainland’
    • ‘The level of operational activity is higher and this means that we are spending more time away from our families and friends.’
    • ‘I am optimistic because there is already a brisk commercial activity under free market conditions.’
    • ‘This leads to a sharp decline in the level of economic activity, and the economy enters a period of stagnation.’
    • ‘A study in chimpanzees showed lower levels of sexual activity when the females were given oral contraceptives.’
    • ‘A second, functional level of military activity responded to shifts in the conduct of operations.’
    • ‘There was a high level of competitive activity in certain areas.’
    • ‘Growth in activity and employment was robust, while confidence levels were high across the board, he said.’
    • ‘How do you foresee further developments in Italian business activity in Bulgaria?’
    • ‘The analysis concerns the seismic activity occurring during 1874-1913.’
    • ‘Pardew said that the level of US business activity in Bulgaria was still not where it should be.’
    • ‘In contrast, growth of business activity across the UK private sector as a whole picked up slightly to a strong pace.’
    • ‘Over this period there have been ebbs and flows in the level of activity, often in response to the major issues and challenges of the day.’
    • ‘A constant reappraisal and fine tuning of educational activity at all levels will give new generations the skills and confidence to work for a better future.’
    • ‘Where it really falls down is that even in respect of private activity, employers can contract out of the protections.’
    • ‘Patients should be questioned about cycle patterns, contraception, and sexual activity.’
    • ‘High levels of sexual activity were perceived as normative for both sexes.’
    • ‘Lawmakers must clarify contract laws and develop new legislation that governs private business activity.’
    • ‘Levels of activity in the economy will rise, employment will be boosted and tax receipts will boom.’
    • ‘We expect 2003 to be a year of reasonable but not spectacular growth in economic activity and business revenues.’
    • ‘As far as sexual activity is concerned, Jacobs explained, the role of testosterone is still not well defined.’
    1. 1.1 Busy or vigorous action or movement.
      ‘the room was a hive of activity’
      • ‘The post office was always a hive of activity with people bustling about.’
      • ‘The locality has been a hive of activity in recent weeks.’
      • ‘While it was miserable and wet outside, the school hall was a hive of activity, with face painting, games and stalls.’
      • ‘For several weeks the new centre has become a hive of activity as community volunteers put up the fixtures and fittings in time for the big move.’
      • ‘Our goal is for the patient to perform the conditioning activity at a level that is similar to that of normal individual of the same age.’
      • ‘All subjects were surveyed about their use of health promoting behaviors, including physical activity.’
      • ‘A change in activity level or training routine may be the key etiologic factor.’
      • ‘Physical activity and alcohol intake were categorised as in earlier reports.’
      • ‘Physical activity has marked effects on several functions of the human body that may influence cancer risk.’
      • ‘I found that dancers and varsity athletes are engaging in physical activity for an equal number of hours per day.’
      • ‘After breakfast, the house is bustling with activity and movement.’
      • ‘Buses radiate out from Valletta bus station, which is a hive of activity from early morning until about 8pm.’
      • ‘Undernutrition is common in many chronic conditions, and obesity can result from conditions that limit physical activity.’
      • ‘Physical activity helps control weight by burning excess calories that would otherwise be stored as fat.’
      • ‘Physical activity is an equal partner in developing a healthy lifestyle.’
      • ‘Today we need to consciously work out to incorporate the same level of activity into our daily routine.’
      bustle, hustle and bustle, busyness, action, liveliness, movement, life, stir, animation, commotion, flurry, tumult, hubbub, excitement, agitation, fuss, whirl
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  • 2usually activitiesA thing that a person or group does or has done.

    ‘the firm's marketing activities’
    • ‘At the end of the fortnight-long activities, a function was held to sum up the event.’
    • ‘Of more importance to marketers, however, is measuring the effectiveness of the promotional activity.’
    • ‘Private companies were not allowed to engage in such activities, and contracts they made would be void.’
    • ‘Staff will use the time to prepare lesson plans and take part in teacher development activities.’
    • ‘The exhibition also looks at early activities in the field of industry and trade.’
    • ‘The sites also have the potential to be used by the community during the day for activities such as adult learning.’
    • ‘They clearly see the potential to convert these activities from a cost to an investment.’
    • ‘Such changes require sustained hard work on activities that are not particularly high profile.’
    • ‘This scheme is aimed at providing support to youth work activities at a local level.’
    • ‘Holidays are the best time during which the child can engage in activities other than study.’
    • ‘A thief, no matter how much his activities may smack of a James Bond adventure, is still just a thief.’
    • ‘She has not been engaged in a business activity to exploit her sporting prowess or to turn her talent to account in money.’
    • ‘The children attending the club have an opportunity to do homework and other activities.’
    • ‘It was all down to yesterday's hard labour, of course, and sedentary activities.’
    • ‘The pain may result in inability to do routine work or household activities.’
    • ‘It got me thinking about the way in which our activities and moods are affected by the weather.’
    • ‘Much of his work in stimulating art activities in the borough was carried out modestly and behind the scenes.’
    • ‘The site includes many activities developed for children with special educational needs.’
    • ‘Legalisation means that activities are made legal and are no longer regulated in any way.’
    • ‘There will also be a mix of office activities and general work related to the Abbey Grounds.’
    • ‘He said there was no connection between his gifts to to the Party and his business activities.’
    • ‘There is a danger that the club could undo any good work themselves with their off the field activities.’
    pursuit, occupation, venture, undertaking, enterprise, project, scheme, business, job, affair, task, campaign
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    1. 2.1 A recreational pursuit or pastime.
      ‘a range of sports activities’
      • ‘There are many health related benefits in becoming active and participating in local sport and recreational activity.’
      • ‘The Supporters Club will be involved in a range of promotional and social activities through the year.’
      • ‘Most policies, for example, exclude water sport or other hazardous activities.’
      • ‘The visit was part of the Sporting Champions initiative to promote games and activities in schools.’
      • ‘Its activities include the provision of lunches and a wide range of leisure activities from art to yoga.’
      • ‘The principle aim is to promote outdoor activities and social camaraderie for retired people.’
      • ‘He said the club's social activities have ranged from football to having its own choral society.’
      • ‘Some patients have no regular access to social activities or talking therapy.’
      • ‘He encouraged the men to get involved in sporting activities, and football soon became a favourite.’
      • ‘The list of activities is long and diverse, from youth clubs to sports teams to skateparks to Scout packs.’
      • ‘He said sea angling was a major sport and recreational activity and if the competitions had to be cancelled irreparable damage would be done.’
      • ‘He has not returned to his former sporting activities with the exception of golf.’
      • ‘Gone is the person who would engage in a sport or activity as a pastime rather than a profession.’
      • ‘In regions where trout are indigenous, the sport of fly-fishing is big business as a sporting activity and a tourist attraction.’
      • ‘The volunteers help the children with their daily needs and organise sporting activities for them.’
      • ‘Information on activities and pursuits available to children in the area will be provided.’
      • ‘He took a keen interest in local affairs and kept up to date with sporting activities.’
      • ‘Most contracts will exclude any hazardous water sports or adventurous activities.’
      • ‘A Scot and a keen sportsman he had extended the company's welfare and recreation activities.’
      • ‘A range of activities should be made available so that school children have an opportunity to test themselves and find a sport or activity that they are good at.’
      pursuit, occupation, venture, undertaking, enterprise, project, scheme, business, job, affair, task, campaign
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    2. 2.2activities Actions taken by a group in order to achieve their aims.
      ‘the police were investigating anarchist activities’
      • ‘He's editor of an anthology which documents anarchist communities' activities over the past quarter century.’
      • ‘Engaging volunteers in fund-raising activities broadens the funding base and increases assets.’
      • ‘A key question is the appropriate role of the private and public sectors in reducing losses and offering insurance protection against extreme risks such as natural disasters and terrorist activities.’
      • ‘He's planning a $9.5 billion electronic bank robbery, the proceeds of which he can use to finance terrorist activities.’
  • 3Chemistry
    A thermodynamic quantity representing the effective concentration of a particular component in a solution or other system, equal to its concentration multiplied by an activity coefficient.

Origin

Late Middle English: from French activité or late Latin activitas, from Latin act- ‘done’, from the verb agere.

Pronunciation

activity

/akˈtivədē//ækˈtɪvədi/