actuate

actuate
transitive verb (-ated; -ating) Etymology: Medieval Latin actuatus, past participle of actuare to execute, from Latin actus act Date: 1645 1. to put into mechanical action or motion 2. to move to action Synonyms: see moveactuation noun

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  • Actuate — Ac tu*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Actuated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Actuating}.] [LL. actuatus, p. p. of actuare, fr. L. actus act.] 1. To put into action or motion; to move or incite to action; to influence actively; to move as motives do; more commonly …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Actuate — Ac tu*ate, a. [LL. actuatus, p. p. of actuare.] Put in action; actuated. [Obs.] South. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • actuate — index agitate (activate), bait (lure), constrain (compel), impel, induce, influence …   Law dictionary

  • actuate — (v.) 1590s, from M.L. actuatus, pp. of actuare, from L. actus (see ACT (Cf. act) (n.)). Related: Actuated; actuating …   Etymology dictionary

  • actuate — 1 *move, drive, impel Analogous words: stimulate, *provoke, excite, galvanize, quicken: *stir, rouse, arouse: energize, activate, *vitalize 2 *activate, motivate Analogous words: influence, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • actuate — [v] start a function or action, motivate activate, animate, arouse, cause, drive, egg on*, energize, excite, fire up*, impel, incite, induce, influence, inspire, instigate, key up*, mobilize, motivate, move, prompt, propel, put up to*, quicken,… …   New thesaurus

  • actuate — ► VERB 1) cause to operate. 2) motivate to act in a particular way. DERIVATIVES actuation noun actuator noun …   English terms dictionary

  • actuate — [ak′cho͞o āt΄] vt. actuated, actuating [< ML actuatus, pp. of actuare < L actus: see ACT1] 1. to put into action or motion 2. to cause to take action [what motives actuated him?] actuation n. actuator n …   English World dictionary

  • Actuate — Infobox Company company name = Actuate Corporation company company type = Public(nasdaq|ACTU) company slogan = Powering the Open Enterprise foundation = 1993 location = flagicon|California San Mateo, California key people = Nicolas C. Nierenberg …   Wikipedia

  • actuate — activate, actuate Activate (17c) originally meant ‘to make active’ (as in activate the lungs). It fell out of use for a time at the end of the 19c, and was marked as obsolete in the first OED. New uses in physics, chemistry, and other branches of …   Modern English usage

  • actuate — UK [ˈæktʃuˌeɪt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms actuate : present tense I/you/we/they actuate he/she/it actuates present participle actuating past tense actuated past participle actuated formal to make a machine or piece of equipment start… …   English dictionary

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