- 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
Related Words for actuatingactivate, prompt, inspire, propel, move, influence, arouse, animate, quicken, incite, motivate, cause, instigate, excite, induce, rouse, spur, energize, drive, impel
Examples from the Web for actuating
Historical Examples of actuating
On our side a solemn decision seems to be actuating the masses.Three Years in the Federal Cavalry
The finer impulse to protect her privacy was not actuating him; he knew that, too.Blow The Man Down
By actuating our wills to love, and holy desire, and other affections.A Christian Directory
But the actuating principle of the psychic investigators had changed.The Room with the Tassels
In every case, a result or "end" is treated as an actuating cause.Human Nature and Conduct
- to put into action or mechanical motion
- to motivate or incite into actionactuated by unworthy desires
Word Origin for actuate
1590s, from Medieval Latin actuatus, past participle of actuare, from Latin actus (see act (n.)). Related: Actuated; actuating.