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tr.v. ac·tu·at·ed, ac·tu·at·ing, ac·tu·ates
1. To put into motion or action; activate: electrical relays that actuate the elevator.
2. To cause to take action: a speech that actuated dissenters.
[Medieval Latin āctuāre, āctuāt-, from Latin āctus, act; see act.]
1. to put into action or mechanical motion
2. to motivate or incite into action: actuated by unworthy desires.
[C16: from Medieval Latin actuātus, from actuāre to incite to action, from Latin āctus act]
v.t. -at•ed, -at•ing.
1. to incite or move to action; impel; motivate: actuated by selfish motives.
2. to put into action: to actuate a machine.
[1590–1600; < Medieval Latin āctuāt(us)]
To operate a mine-firing mechanism by an influence or a series of influences in such a way that all the requirements of the mechanism for firing, or for registering a target count, are met.
Past participle: actuated
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|Verb||1.||actuate - put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits"|
|2.||actuate - give an incentive for action; "This moved me to sacrifice my career"|
cause, do, make - give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally; "cause a commotion"; "make a stir"; "cause an accident"
impress, strike, affect, move - have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"
move - arouse sympathy or compassion in; "Her fate moved us all"
1. motivate, move, drive, influence, excite, urge, inspire, prompt, stir, spur, induce, arouse, rouse, get going, quicken, incite, instigate, impel They were actuated by desire.