|Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (18701938). Rogets International Thesaurus. 1922.|
|Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers|
|Division (I) Individual Volition|
| Section III. Voluntary Action|
| 1. Simple Voluntary Action|
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|NOUN:||ACTIVITY; briskness, liveliness &c. adj.; animation, life, vivacity, spirit, verve, pep [slang], dash, go [colloq.], energy; snap, vim.|
SMARTNESS, nimbleness, agility; quickness &c. adj.; velocity [See Velocity]; alacrity, promptitude; dispatch or despatch, expedition; haste [See Haste]; punctuality (early) [See Earliness].
EAGERNESS, zeal, ardor, enthusiasm, perfervidum ingenium [L.], empressement [F.], earnestness, intentness; abandon [F.]; vigor (physical energy) [See Energy]; devotion (resolution) [See Resolution]; exertion [See Exertion].
INDUSTRY, assiduity; assiduousness &c. adj.; sedulity [rare], sedulousness; laboriousness; drudgery (labor) [See Exertion]; painstaking, diligence; perseverance [See Resolution]; indefatigation [obs.]; businesslike habits, habits of business.
VIGILANCE [See Care]; wakefulness; sleeplessness, restlessness; insomnia; pervigilium, insomnium [L.]; racketing.
BUSTLE, hustle [colloq.], movement, stir, fuss, ado, bother, fidget, fidgetiness; flurry (haste) [See Haste].
OFFICIOUSNESS; dabbling, meddling; interference, interposition, intermeddling; butting in [slang], horning in [slang], intrusiveness, minding others business, not minding ones own business; tampering with, intrigue.
PRESS OF BUSINESS, no sinecure, plenty to do, a great deal doing [colloq.], a lot going on [colloq.], many irons in the fire, great doings, busy hum of men, the madding crowd, the thick of things, battle of life, thick of the action.
MAN OF ACTION, busy bee; new broom; sharp fellow, blade; devotee, enthusiast, fanatic, zealot, hummer [slang], hustler [colloq.], humdinger [slang, U. S.], rustler [slang, U. S.]; live wire, human dynamo [both colloq.], live man [U. S.].
MEDDLER, intermeddler, intriguer, intrigant or intriguant, telltale, busybody, pickthank [archaic].
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|VERB:||BE ACTIVE &c. adj.; busy oneself in; stir, stir about, stir ones stumps [colloq.]; bestir -, rouse- oneself; speed, hasten, peg away, lay about one, bustle, fuss; raise -, kick up- a dust; push; make a -fuss, - stir; go ahead, push forward; fight -, elbow- ones way; make progress [See Progression]; toil (labor) [See Exertion]; moil, drudge, plod, persist (persevere) [See Resolution]; keep up the ball; keep the pot boiling.|
look sharp; have all ones eyes about one (vigilance) [See Care]; rise, arouse oneself, hustle [colloq.], push [colloq.], get up early, be about, keep moving, steal a march, catch a weasel asleep, kill two birds with one stone; seize the opportunity [See Occasion]; lose no time, not lose a moment, make the most of ones time, not suffer the grass to grow under ones feet, improve the shining hour, make short work of; dash off; make haste &c. 684; do ones best, take pains (exert oneself) [See Exertion]; do -, work- wonders; have a lot of -kick [colloq.], - pep [slang].
have many irons in the fire, have ones hands full, have much on ones hands; have other -things to do, - fish to fry; be busy; not have a moment -to spare, - that one can call ones own.
HAVE ONES FLING, run the round of; go all lengths, stick at nothing, run riot.
OUTDO; overdo, overact, overlay, weigh down, overshoot the mark; make a toil of a pleasure.
HAVE A HAND IN (act in) [See Action]; take an active part, put in ones oar, have a finger in the pie, mix oneself up with, trouble ones head about, intrigue; agitate.
MEDDLE, tamper with, intermeddle, interfere, interpose; obtrude; poke -, thrust- ones nose in; butt in, horn in [both slang].
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|ADJECTIVE:||ACTIVE, brisk, - as a lark, - as a bee; lively, animated, vivacious; alive, - and kicking [colloq.]; frisky, spirited, stirring.|
nimble, - as a squirrel; agile; light-footed, nimble-footed; featly tripping.
QUICK, prompt, yare [archaic], instant, ready, alert, spry [colloq. & dial.], sharp, smart; fast (swift) [See Velocity]; capable, smart as a steel trap, no sooner said than done (early) [See Earliness]; quick as a lamplighter, expeditious; awake, broad awake; go-ahead, live [U. S.], hustling [colloq.]; wide-awake (intelligent) [See Intelligence. Wisdom].
FORWARD, eager, ardent, strenuous, zealous, enterprising, in earnest; resolute [See Resolution].
INDUSTRIOUS, assiduous, diligent, sedulous, notable [obsoles. in this sense], painstaking; intent (attention) [See Attention]; indefatigable (persevering) [See Resolution]; unwearied, never weary, sleepless, unsleeping, never tired; plodding, hardworking [See Exertion]; businesslike.
BUSTLING; restless, - as a hyena; fussy, fidgety, pottering; busy as a hen with one chicken.
WORKING, at work, on duty, in hairness; up in arms; on ones legs, at call; up and -doing, - stirring; laboring, workday, workaday.
BUSY, occupied; hard at work, hard at it; up to ones ears in, full of business; busy as a -bee, - housewife.
MEDDLING &c. v.; meddlesome, pushing, officious, overofficious, intrigant [F.].
ASTIR, stirring; agoing, afoot; on foot; in full swing; eventful; on the alert (vigilant) [See Care].
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|ADVERB:||ACTIVELY &c. adj.; featly [archaic]; with life and spirit, with might and main [See Exertion], with haste [See Haste], with wings; full tilt, in mediis rebus [L.].|
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|INTERJECTION:|| be -, look- -alive, - sharp! move on! push on! keep moving! go ahead! stir your stumps! [colloq.]; age quod agis! [L.], jaldi! [Hind.], jaldi karo! [Hind.], step lively!|
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- Carpe diem (opportunity) [See Occasion].
- Nulla dies sine lineâ.Pliny
- Nec mora nec requies.Vergil
- The plot thickens.
- Veni vidi vici.Suetonius
- Abends wird der Faule fleissig.
- Dictum ac factum.Terence
- Schwere Arbeit in der Jugend ist sanfte Ruhe im Alter.
- The busy hum of men.Milton
- They shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.Bible
- Life, not the daily coil, but as it is Lived in its beauty in eternity.Masefield