verb (used with object), ac·tu·at·ed, ac·tu·at·ing.
Origin of actuate
Examples from the Web for actuate
The secret motives which actuate that mysterious woman are also impenetrable, but her fidelity is beyond a doubt.
We can turn inward, and contemplate the motives which govern, and the views which actuate us.Sermons on Various Important Subjects|Andrew Lee
It is impossible to be sure as to the mysterious motives that actuate many of these remote African tribes.Allan and the Holy Flower|H. Rider Haggard
These represent the main tendencies which actuate mankind in public affairs—the go-ahead and the stand-still.Practical Politics; or, the Liberalism of To-day|Alfred Farthing Robbins
He had never dared to actuate the "hired man," his father, on a basis of fact.The Desert and The Sown|Mary Hallock Foote
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Word Origin for actuate
Word Origin and History for actuate
1590s, from Medieval Latin actuatus, past participle of actuare, from Latin actus (see act (n.)). Related: Actuated; actuating.