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activate

ac·ti·vate

activate

 
pronunciation:
aek t veIt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: activated, activates, activating
definition: to cause something to start working.
You will activate the alarm if you open the door.
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synonyms:
start
antonyms:
stop
similar words:
drive, excite, induce, inspire, motivate
derivation: activation (n.)
Word Parts
The word activate contains the following parts:
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).
-ive, -ative Latin adjective-forming suffix that means tending to, connected with, or performing
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The suffix -ive , -ative turns Latinate verb bases into adjectives. Many adjectives ending in -ive , -ative have corresponding noun forms ending in -ity (objective , objectivity) or -ion (effusive , effusion).