Definition of activity in US 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 analysis concerns the seismic activity occurring during 1874-1913.’
    • ‘A second, functional level of military activity responded to shifts in the conduct of operations.’
    • ‘Growth in activity and employment was robust, while confidence levels were high across the board, he said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This leads to a sharp decline in the level of economic activity, and the economy enters a period of stagnation.’
    • ‘Levels of activity in the economy will rise, employment will be boosted and tax receipts will boom.’
    • ‘As far as sexual activity is concerned, Jacobs explained, the role of testosterone is still not well defined.’
    • ‘The level of operational activity is higher and this means that we are spending more time away from our families and friends.’
    • ‘Where it really falls down is that even in respect of private activity, employers can contract out of the protections.’
    • ‘There was a high level of competitive activity in certain areas.’
    • ‘High levels of sexual activity were perceived as normative for both sexes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am optimistic because there is already a brisk commercial activity under free market conditions.’
    • ‘Patients should be questioned about cycle patterns, contraception, and sexual activity.’
    • ‘How do you foresee further developments in Italian business activity in Bulgaria?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We expect 2003 to be a year of reasonable but not spectacular growth in economic activity and business revenues.’
    • ‘A study in chimpanzees showed lower levels of sexual activity when the females were given oral contraceptives.’
    • ‘Lawmakers must clarify contract laws and develop new legislation that governs private business activity.’
    1. 1.1 Busy or vigorous action or movement.
      ‘the room was a hive of activity’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All subjects were surveyed about their use of health promoting behaviors, including physical activity.’
      • ‘While it was miserable and wet outside, the school hall was a hive of activity, with face painting, games and stalls.’
      • ‘Physical activity and alcohol intake were categorised as in earlier reports.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Today we need to consciously work out to incorporate the same level of activity into our daily routine.’
      • ‘The post office was always a hive of activity with people bustling about.’
      • ‘I found that dancers and varsity athletes are engaging in physical activity for an equal number of hours per day.’
      • ‘Physical activity helps control weight by burning excess calories that would otherwise be stored as fat.’
      • ‘A change in activity level or training routine may be the key etiologic factor.’
      • ‘Undernutrition is common in many chronic conditions, and obesity can result from conditions that limit physical activity.’
      • ‘Physical activity is an equal partner in developing a healthy lifestyle.’
      • ‘Physical activity has marked effects on several functions of the human body that may influence cancer risk.’
      • ‘The locality has been a hive of activity in recent weeks.’
      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’
    • ‘The children attending the club have an opportunity to do homework and other activities.’
    • ‘There is a danger that the club could undo any good work themselves with their off the field activities.’
    • ‘The site includes many activities developed for children with special educational needs.’
    • ‘Holidays are the best time during which the child can engage in activities other than study.’
    • ‘Such changes require sustained hard work on activities that are not particularly high profile.’
    • ‘The pain may result in inability to do routine work or household activities.’
    • ‘The exhibition also looks at early activities in the field of industry and trade.’
    • ‘Legalisation means that activities are made legal and are no longer regulated in any way.’
    • ‘Private companies were not allowed to engage in such activities, and contracts they made would be void.’
    • ‘It was all down to yesterday's hard labour, of course, and sedentary activities.’
    • ‘The sites also have the potential to be used by the community during the day for activities such as adult learning.’
    • ‘A thief, no matter how much his activities may smack of a James Bond adventure, is still just a thief.’
    • ‘He said there was no connection between his gifts to to the Party and his business activities.’
    • ‘This scheme is aimed at providing support to youth work activities at a local level.’
    • ‘Staff will use the time to prepare lesson plans and take part in teacher development activities.’
    • ‘Of more importance to marketers, however, is measuring the effectiveness of the promotional activity.’
    • ‘Much of his work in stimulating art activities in the borough was carried out modestly and behind the scenes.’
    • ‘At the end of the fortnight-long activities, a function was held to sum up the event.’
    • ‘They clearly see the potential to convert these activities from a cost to an investment.’
    • ‘There will also be a mix of office activities and general work related to the Abbey Grounds.’
    • ‘She has not been engaged in a business activity to exploit her sporting prowess or to turn her talent to account in money.’
    • ‘It got me thinking about the way in which our activities and moods are affected by the weather.’
    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’
      • ‘Most policies, for example, exclude water sport or other hazardous activities.’
      • ‘He encouraged the men to get involved in sporting activities, and football soon became a favourite.’
      • ‘He said the club's social activities have ranged from football to having its own choral society.’
      • ‘Information on activities and pursuits available to children in the area will be provided.’
      • ‘Most contracts will exclude any hazardous water sports or adventurous activities.’
      • ‘The visit was part of the Sporting Champions initiative to promote games and activities in schools.’
      • ‘Some patients have no regular access to social activities or talking therapy.’
      • ‘The volunteers help the children with their daily needs and organise sporting activities for them.’
      • ‘In regions where trout are indigenous, the sport of fly-fishing is big business as a sporting activity and a tourist attraction.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The principle aim is to promote outdoor activities and social camaraderie for retired people.’
      • ‘He said sea angling was a major sport and recreational activity and if the competitions had to be cancelled irreparable damage would be done.’
      • ‘There are many health related benefits in becoming active and participating in local sport and recreational activity.’
      • ‘The list of activities is long and diverse, from youth clubs to sports teams to skateparks to Scout packs.’
      • ‘A Scot and a keen sportsman he had extended the company's welfare and recreation activities.’
      • ‘Its activities include the provision of lunches and a wide range of leisure activities from art to yoga.’
      • ‘Gone is the person who would engage in a sport or activity as a pastime rather than a profession.’
      • ‘The Supporters Club will be involved in a range of promotional and social activities through the year.’
      • ‘He has not returned to his former sporting activities with the exception of golf.’
      • ‘He took a keen interest in local affairs and kept up to date with sporting activities.’
      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’
      • ‘Engaging volunteers in fund-raising activities broadens the funding base and increases assets.’
      • ‘He's editor of an anthology which documents anarchist communities' activities over the past quarter century.’
      • ‘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/