verb (used with object), ac·ti·vat·ed, ac·ti·vat·ing.
- to render more reactive; excite: to activate a molecule.
- to induce radioactivity.
- to make (carbon, a catalyst, molecules, etc.) more active.
- to hasten (reactions) by various means, as heating.
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Related Words for activatestrigger, mobilize, stimulate, move, prompt, propel, energize, motivate, actuate, impel, start, arouse, rouse, stir
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Contemporary Examples of activates
It activates your parasympathetic nervous system and tells your body to relax and recuperate.How to Master the Art of Breathing
April 14, 2014
It also has found a formula that activates and energizes hundreds of millions of people to believe in a better future.China’s Not the Big Trade Cheat Harming America’s Domestic Economy
March 19, 2012
Historical Examples of activates
The suggestion reaches your subconscious and activates you consciously to waken.A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis
- to increase the rate of (a reaction)
- to treat (a substance, such as carbon or alumina) so as to increase powers of adsorption