Definition of interactive in US English:



  • 1(of two people or things) influencing or having an effect on each other.

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