[ ak-choo-eyt ]
/ ˈæk tʃuˌeɪt /
verb (used with object), ac·tu·at·ed, ac·tu·at·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.
Origin of actuate
Related formsac·tu·a·tion, nounde·ac·tu·ate, verb (used with object), de·ac·tu·at·ed, de·ac·tu·at·ing.self-ac·tu·at·ing, adjectiveun·ac·tu·at·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for actuation
He was wholly undramatic in the actuation of the characters which he imagined so dramatically.Literary Friends And Acquaintances|William Dean Howells
For actuation, watches were provided with mainsprings which have steadily undergone improvement in quality and in placing.Inventors at Work|George Iles
British Dictionary definitions for actuation
/ (ˈæktʃʊˌeɪt) /
to put into action or mechanical motion
to motivate or incite into actionactuated by unworthy desires
Derived Formsactuation, nounactuator, noun
Word Origin for actuate
C16: from Medieval Latin actuātus, from actuāre to incite to action, from Latin āctus act
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