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actuate

ac·tu·ate

actuate

 
pronunciation:
aek chu eIt
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: actuated, actuates, actuating
definition 1: to put into action or set in motion; cause to operate.
This switch actuates that machine.
synonyms:
activate, energize, start, trigger
similar words:
begin, commence, drive, excite, induce, initiate, propel, stimulate
definition 2: to arouse to action; motivate.
The desire to make a profit actuated him.
synonyms:
animate, arouse, impel, incite, motivate, prompt, provoke, rouse, spur, stimulate, stir up
similar words:
activate, compel, drive, excite, fire up, goad, induce, inspire, instigate, move, persuade, prod, sway, trigger
derivations: actuation (n.), actuator (n.)