主动

zhǔdòng - take the initiative, spontaneous, active

This was nciku's word of today, and I thought I should know it. They translated it as 'voluntary', although in none of their example sentences did it seem to have that meaning. It seems to have the meaning of doing something of your own accord. I actually came across the word when I was first learning Chinese in one of my favourite Chinese songs (简单爱) in a sentence that I still don't really understand:

我变得很主动。
I have become very proactive (?).

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