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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British Dictionary definitions for activates
- to increase the rate of (a reaction)
- to treat (a substance, such as carbon or alumina) so as to increase powers of adsorption