actuate

[ 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.

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Origin of actuate

1590–1600; <Medieval Latin āctuāt(us) reduced to action (past participle of āctuāre), equivalent to Latin āctu(s) (see act) + -ātus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM actuate

ac·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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH actuate

activate, actuate , stimulate
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Example sentences from the Web for actuate

  • He was wholly undramatic in the actuation of the characters which he imagined so dramatically.

  • 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 actuate

actuate
/ (ˈæktʃʊˌeɪt) /

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 actuātus, from actuāre to incite to action, from Latin āctus act
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