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ac·ti·vate

 (ăk′tə-vāt′)
tr.v. ac·ti·vat·ed, ac·ti·vat·ing, ac·ti·vates
1. To set in motion; make active or more active.
2. To organize or create (a military unit, for example): activate the National Guard.
3. To treat (sewage) with aeration and bacteria to aid decomposition.
4. Chemistry To accelerate a reaction in, as by heat.
5. Physics To make (a substance) radioactive.
6. Biology To convert (a molecule or cell) into a form that carries out a specific action: activate an enzyme; activate B cells.

ac′ti·va′tion n.
ac′ti·va′tor n.

activate

(ˈæktɪˌveɪt)
vb (tr)
1. to make active or capable of action
2. (General Physics) physics to make radioactive
3. (Chemistry) chem
a. to increase the rate of (a reaction)
b. to treat (a substance, such as carbon or alumina) so as to increase powers of adsorption
4. (Physiology) physiol to prepare by arousal (the body or one of its organs (e.g. the brain)) for action
5. (Microbiology) to purify (sewage) by aeration
6. (Military) military US to create, mobilize, or organize (a unit)
ˌactiˈvation n
ˈactiˌvator n

ac•ti•vate

(ˈæk təˌveɪt)

v.t. -vat•ed, -vat•ing.
1. to make active.
2. Physics.
a. to render more reactive; excite: to activate a molecule.
b. to induce radioactivity.
3. Chem.
a. to make (carbon, a catalyst, etc.) more active.
b. to hasten (reactions), as by heating.
4. to place (a military unit) on an active status.
[1620–30]
ac`ti•va′tion, n.

activate

1. To put into existence by official order a unit, post, camp, station, base or shore activity which has previously been constituted and designated by name or number, or both, so that it can be organized to function in its assigned capacity. (DOD)
2. To prepare for active service a naval ship or craft which has been in an inactive or reserve status. See also commission; constitute. 04/12/01: Deleted from JP 1-02 per revision.

activate


Past participle: activated
Gerund: activating

Imperative
activate
activate
Present
I activate
you activate
he/she/it activates
we activate
you activate
they activate
Preterite
I activated
you activated
he/she/it activated
we activated
you activated
they activated
Present Continuous
I am activating
you are activating
he/she/it is activating
we are activating
you are activating
they are activating
Present Perfect
I have activated
you have activated
he/she/it has activated
we have activated
you have activated
they have activated
Past Continuous
I was activating
you were activating
he/she/it was activating
we were activating
you were activating
they were activating
Past Perfect
I had activated
you had activated
he/she/it had activated
we had activated
you had activated
they had activated
Future
I will activate
you will activate
he/she/it will activate
we will activate
you will activate
they will activate
Future Perfect
I will have activated
you will have activated
he/she/it will have activated
we will have activated
you will have activated
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Future Continuous
I will be activating
you will be activating
he/she/it will be activating
we will be activating
you will be activating
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been activating
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we have been activating
you have been activating
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been activating
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he/she/it will have been activating
we will have been activating
you will have been activating
they will have been activating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been activating
you had been activating
he/she/it had been activating
we had been activating
you had been activating
they had been activating
Conditional
I would activate
you would activate
he/she/it would activate
we would activate
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Past Conditional
I would have activated
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he/she/it would have activated
we would have activated
you would have activated
they would have activated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.activate - put in motion or move to actactivate - put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits"
initiate, pioneer - take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of; "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"
2.activate - make active or more active; "activate an old file"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
reactivate - activate (an old file) anew
deactivate, inactivate - make inactive; "they deactivated the file"
3.activate - make more adsorptive; "activate a metal"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
4.activate - aerate (sewage) so as to favor the growth of organisms that decompose organic matteractivate - aerate (sewage) so as to favor the growth of organisms that decompose organic matter
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
5.activate - make (substances) radioactiveactivate - make (substances) radioactive  
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

activate

verb start, move, trigger (off), stimulate, turn on, set off, initiate, switch on, propel, rouse, prod, get going, mobilize, kick-start (informal), set in motion, impel, galvanize, set going, actuate video cameras that can be activated by computer
stop, check, arrest, halt, stall, turn off, terminate, impede, deactivate

activate

verb
To arouse to action or put in motion:
Translations
يُشَغِّل، يُنَشِّـط
aktivovatspustit
aktivere
aktivoidakäynnistää
virkja, setja í gang
aktyvintiskatinti veikti
aktivovať
çalıştırmakharekete geçirmek

activate

[ˈæktɪveɪt] VTactivar

activate

[ˈæktɪveɪt]
vt
[+ mechanism, alarm, device, camera] → actionner
(CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS)activer
vifonctionner

activate

vt mechanism (person)betätigen; (heat) → auslösen; (switch, lever) → in Gang setzen; alarmauslösen; bombzünden; (Chem, Phys) → aktivieren; (Comput) fileaufrufen; (US Mil) → mobilisieren

activate

[ˈæktɪveɪt] vtattivare; (mechanism) → fare funzionare (Chem, Phys) → rendere attivo/a

activate

(ˈӕktiveit) verb
to put into force or operation. The smoke activated the fire alarms.

ac·ti·vate

vt. activar, hacer activo.

activate

vt activar
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