Definitions for: Actuate

[v] put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits"
[v] give an incentive for action; "This moved me to sacrifice my career"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Ac"tu*ate, a. [LL. actuatus, p. p. of actuare.]
Put in action; actuated. [Obs.] --South.

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

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