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actuate

[ ak-choo-eyt ]
/ 藞忙k t蕛u藢e瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ac路tu路at路ed, ac路tu路at路ing.
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.
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Origin of actuate

First recorded in 1590鈥1600; from Medieval Latin 膩ctu膩t(us) 鈥渞educed to action鈥 (past participle of 膩ctu膩re ), equivalent to Latin 膩ctu(s) (see act) + -膩tus -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM actuate

ac路tu路a路tion [ak-choo-ey-shuhn], /藢忙k t蕛u藞e瑟 蕛蓹n/, nounde路ac路tu路ate, verb (used with object), de路ac路tu路at路ed, de路ac路tu路at路ing.self-ac路tu路at路ing, adjectiveun路ac路tu路at路ed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH actuate

activate, actuate
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British Dictionary definitions for actuate

actuate
/ (藞忙kt蕛蕣藢e瑟t) /

verb (tr)
to put into action or mechanical motion
to motivate or incite into actionactuated by unworthy desires

Derived forms of actuate

actuation, nounactuator, noun

Word Origin for actuate

C16: from Medieval Latin actu膩tus, from actu膩re to incite to action, from Latin 膩ctus act
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