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Definition of actuate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    actuate

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈæktʃuˌeɪt//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they actuate
     
    he / she / it actuates
     
    past simple actuated
     
    -ing form actuating
     
     
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  1. 1actuate something to make a machine or device start to work synonym activate The timer must have been actuated by radio control.
  2. 2[usually passive] actuate somebody to make someone behave in a particular way synonym motivate He was actuated entirely by malice.
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