Is there a difference between an active state and activated state?

For example, if I activate an item, will it become active or activated? Does it depend on the context? How?

  • They mean different things. In the example, both apply: it becomes active, also, it becomes activated (because you activated it.) There's nothing special about the word active. – Kris Feb 14 '14 at 10:35
  • Can you give me an example where the difference is shown? – nhaarman Feb 14 '14 at 10:36
  • this is an active verbthis is an activated verb – Daniel Harbour Feb 14 '14 at 10:37
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    possums are active at nightpossums are activated at night – Daniel Harbour Feb 14 '14 at 10:38
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    I already did. There has been an external agent (you) that did the work (activate) in the use of activated. With active, this is not relevant. HTH. – Kris Feb 14 '14 at 10:38

In most simple terms, active is a state, while activated is how it got there.

The former is a mere description of the things as they are, the latter reminds us that there was an action that had an agent. When something is activated, someone went and made it active.

Compare to open vs. opened.

  • So how is this with the example "blocked"; if blocked is how it got there then how is the state called? Or another one "verified"; if verified is how it got there then how is the state called? – Wilt Nov 13 '15 at 13:41

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