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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.]
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|Noun||1.||actuation - the act of propelling |
launching - the act of moving a newly built vessel into the water for the first time
drive, driving force, thrust - the act of applying force to propel something; "after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off"
throw - the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist); "the catcher made a good throw to second base"
push, pushing - the act of applying force in order to move something away; "he gave the door a hard push"; "the pushing is good exercise"
pull, pulling - the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you; "the pull up the hill had him breathing harder"; "his strenuous pulling strained his back"
raise, heave, lift - the act of raising something; "he responded with a lift of his eyebrow"; "fireman learn several different raises for getting ladders up"
jumping, jump - the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground; "he advanced in a series of jumps"; "the jumping was unexpected"
lob - the act of propelling something (as a ball or shell etc.) in a high arc