- to incite or move to action; impel; motivate: actuated by selfish motives.
- to put into action; start a process; turn on: to actuate a machine.
Origin of actuate
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Examples from the Web for actuate
In Fig. 213 the key is about to actuate the locking mechanism.How it Works
Is their purpose to appeal to our understanding, and actuate our humanity?The Life Of Abraham Lincoln
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The bill covers not only pieces or controller records, but also the machines which they actuate.
If thoughts do not actuate it, your distrustful fears and cares will vanish.
And this all believers should maintain and actuate in themselves.
- to put into action or mechanical motion
- to motivate or incite into actionactuated by unworthy desires
C16: from Medieval Latin actuātus, from actuāre to incite to action, from Latin āctus act
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Word Origin and History for actuate
1590s, from Medieval Latin actuatus, past participle of actuare, from Latin actus (see act (n.)). Related: Actuated; actuating.
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