• Actuate


    • UK IPA: /ˈæktʃu.eɪt/, /ˈæktju.eɪt/
    • US IPA: /ˈæktʃu.eɪt/


    From Medieval Latin āctuātus, perfect passive participle of āctuō ("actuate, implement"), from Latin āctus, perfect passive participle of agō ("do, act").

    Full definition of actuate


    1. (transitive) To activate, or to put into motion; to animate.
      • JohnsonWings, which others were contriving to actuate by the perpetual motion.
    2. (transitive) To incite to action; to motivate.
      • 1748. HUME, David Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. 2. ed. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 11.A man in a fit of anger, is actuated in a very different manner from one who only thinks of that emotion.
      • AddisonMen of the greatest abilities are most fired with ambition; and, on the contrary, mean and narrow minds are the least actuated by it.

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