- 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
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- to put into action or mechanical motion
- to motivate or incite into actionactuated by unworthy desires
Word Origin for actuate
C16: from Medieval Latin actuātus, from actuāre to incite to action, from Latin āctus act
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Word Origin and History for deactuate
1590s, from Medieval Latin actuatus, past participle of actuare, from Latin actus (see act (n.)). Related: Actuated; actuating.
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