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Activity has a long and fascinating linguistic history and evolution. Its origin is traceable to the Latin activitas, a noun derived from the verb agere, meaning “to do.” Activity was a moderately popular word in the late Middle Ages and was used to describe the quality of being full of energy and liveliness. By the 18th century, the term became increasingly used to refer to any action or behavior, suggesting a sense of movement, development and purpose. From a morphological standpoint, activity consists of three morphemes, the stem “acti-”, from Latin actus, meaning “accomplished action”; -vi- from the Latin vita, meaning “life”; and a suffix -ity denoting “form” or “state.” In this way, the term highlights the relational aspects between the individual and the collective, where decisions, values, and ideas all can be seen as active forces in mapping an individual’s social identity. By the early 20th century, activity was used to describe a broad range of practices, from physical exercise to attentive listening, signaling a broadening of the term’s usage and meaning. From a pragmatic perspective activity is used to refer to a wide variety of pursuits and processes, while still suggesting movement and purpose.

Etymology, Morphology, Pragmatics, Latin, Middle, Ages, Movement.

Henry Fontaine


Activity, simply put, is an action or a task that is carried out by somebody or something. In other languages, Activity can be written in a variety of ways. In Spanish, the equivalent of Activity is Actividad, and in French, Activité. Italian, the language of culture and romance, uses the term Attività while German goes with the more straightforward Aktivität. The Polish phrase for activity is Aktywność and in Portuguese, Atividade is the most commonly used word. Dutch's adoption of the English word Activity is fairly uniform with the occasional native speaker using Actief in its stead. In Chinese, the term 活动 is preferred while in Japanese, they go with 行動. In Arabic, the most popular form of the phrase is نشاط and in Hebrew, it is written as פעילות.

Actividad, Activité, Attività, Aktivität, Aktywność, Atividade, Actief, 活动, 行動, نشاط, פעילות - words that describe Activity in other languages, all emphasizing the importance of action and undertaking of a task. These words alone are enough to

Harris Awan


Activity, in software engineering, is the process of designing, building, testing and maintaining software applications. It is usually carried out by a team of professionals and involves making sure that the software products being created are efficient, secure and up to date with the latest technological trends. Notable works in this field include the Model-View-Controller framework, Test-Driven Development, and Domain Driven Design.

Software engineering, development lifecycle, customer satisfaction, programming languages.

Ahmad Al-Khatib

CITATION : "Ahmad Al-Khatib. 'Activity.' Design+Encyclopedia. (Accessed on March 27, 2023)"

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