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Meaning of ACTUATE

Pronunciation:  'akchoo`eyt

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  1. [v]  put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits"
  2. [v]  give an incentive for action; "This moved me to sacrifice my career"
 Synonyms: activate, incite, motivate, move, prompt, propel, set off, spark, spark off, touch off, trigger, trigger off, trip
 See Also: cause, come about, do, go on, hap, happen, initiate, make, occur, pass, pass off, pioneer, take place



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ac"tu*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Actuated}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Actuating}.] [LL. actuatus, p. p. of actuare, fr. L.
    actus act.]
    1. To put into action or motion; to move or incite to action;
       to influence actively; to move as motives do; -- more
       commonly used of persons.
             Wings, which others were contriving to actuate by
             the perpetual motion.                 --Johnson.
             Men of the greatest abilities are most fired with
             ambition; and, on the contrary, mean and narrow
             minds are the least actuated by it.   --Addison.
    2. To carry out in practice; to perform. [Obs.] ``To actuate
       what you command.'' --Jer. Taylor.
    Syn: To move; impel; incite; rouse; instigate; animate.
  2. \Ac"tu*ate\, a. [LL. actuatus, p. p. of actuare.]
    Put in action; actuated. [Obs.] --South.
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