As you can see in my provided dictionary definitions, there is hardly a definite distinction between the two adjectives at least here in my case. I was wondering how these two differ semantically and which one suits better in my case and why?

Question: What is the best way to find the best partner?
Answer: I believe that there's someone out there for just about everyone and all we need to do is go find this person. So, the best solution is to be ........
One way would be meeting people doing what you love.

a. active
b. proactive

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    I see very different defintions: active: "busy with a particular activity" ... proactive: "taking action by causing change and not only reacting to change" One is about being "busy", the other "take action first, not just reacting". I think an answer will just restate the dictionary defintions.
    – James K
    Commented Oct 26, 2021 at 8:25

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Proactive means to be active in advance of something.

Merriam-Webster proactive

acting in anticipation of future problems, needs, or changes

It can be contrasted with active, meaning exhibiting activity of any kind, and reactive, meaning acting in response to something.

I think proactive fits your sentence best: get out there and do something, instead of just waiting for something to happen, or reacting to others' initiatives.

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