- 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 actuated
The windlasses that lift the bridge are actuated by manual power.
Yes, for I know you have never been actuated by self-interest.The Field of Ice
Quesnay replied, "I am very far from believing him to be actuated by bad intentions, Madame; he loves the King and the people."The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete
Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
We are not for a moment to consider Cesare as actuated in all this by any lofty humanitarianism.The Life of Cesare Borgia
In this he was actuated by a sense of duty; he had to look after Stein's business, he said.Lord Jim
- 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 actuated
1590s, from Medieval Latin actuatus, past participle of actuare, from Latin actus (see act (n.)). Related: Actuated; actuating.
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