how to pronounce passive


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passive is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of passive in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… it it is completely passive in this …”

meanings of passive


  1. Being in the passive voice.
  2. Not participating in management.
  3. Of a component: that consumes but does not produce energy, or is incapable of power gain.
  4. Being inactive and submissive in a relationship, especially in a sexual one.
  5. Taking no action.
  6. Without motive power.
  7. Being subjected to an action without producing a reaction.


  1. The passive voice of verbs.
  2. A customer who is satisfied with a product or service, but not keen enough to promote it by word of mouth.
  3. A form of a verb that is in the passive voice.
  4. Any component that consumes but does not produce energy, or is incapable of power gain.

passive frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word passive occurs in english on average 7.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics passive can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that passive can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to passive


words that rhyme with passive


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