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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb activate:


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Definition of the verb activate

What does activate mean as a doing word?

Activate is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: activated | activating | activates

  1. put in motion or move to act
  2. make active or more active
    • example: activate an old file
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • antonym: inactivate
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
    • more specific word: reactivate = activate (an old file) anew
  3. make more adsorptive
    • example: activate a metal
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
  4. aerate (sewage) so as to favor the growth of organisms that decompose organic matter
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of activate: aerate
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
  5. make (substances) radioactive
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different

Alternative definition of the verb activate


  1. To put into action, to put to work.
  2. To turn on.


Activate – niemiecka grupa grająca muzykę eurodance. Zadebiutowała singlem Let The Rhythm Take Control wydanym w 1993.


  1. "Activate" is a musical album of M-Seven.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  2. "Activate" is a musical single of Atari Teenage Riot.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  3. "Activate" is a musical album of Maö.
    • released on (13 years ago)
  4. "Activate" is a musical single of Colin B.
    • released in (12 years ago)
  5. "Activate" is a musical album of Benjiman.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  6. "Activate" is a musical single of Mystery Man.
    • released in (16 years ago)
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    • released in (9 years ago)
  8. "Activate" is a musical EP of Wolftron.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  9. "Activate" is a musical album of Cooper.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  10. "Activate" is a musical album of Smokescreen.


"Activate" is a book by Nelson Searcy.

  • subjects: Ecclesiology, Religion, Practical theology


Activate is an independent student news organisation at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. They produce a publication once a month and curate a news website.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Activate

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Google previewReflections on the Work of C.A.R. Hoare (2010)

by Cliff Jones, A.W. Roscoe, Kenneth R. Wood

Thus, for instance, activate is a function that takes role r as input and computes a value of type unit. That computation takes an unconstrained state (that is, satisfying True), and returning a state that is the union of the initial state and the newly ...

Google previewThe Clinician, the Brain, and 'I' (2013)

Neuroscientific findings and the subjective self in clinical practice by Tony Schneider

This distinction between memory and the emotional processes memory can activate is an intriguing one for the clinician.5 The brain seems sometimes unable to disconnect an association between a past event and present danger, confusing ...

Google previewThe Mystery of Mimi's Haunted Book Shop Teacher's Guide (2011)

by Carole Marsh

To activate means to cause something to function or operate. Damask is a rich patterned fabric of cotton, linen, silk, or wool often used for curtains. Sheers are thin curtains that allow a good amount of light into a room, but still provide privacy ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Microcomputers (2000)

Volume 25 - Supplement 4 by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

Gating is necessary because, otherwise, each active symbol neuron would activate its input neuron...

Google previewEncyclopedia of International Sports Studies (2012)

by Roger Bartlett, Chris Gratton, Christer G. Rolf

Actin has the ability to activate the myosin ATPase as well as to bind to myosin. The reaction for this activation of ATP hydrolysis (by water, H2O) is often referred to as actin-activated myosin ATPase, or actomyosin ATPase, activity: ATP + H2O !

Google previewEncyclopedia of Microbiology (2009)

For the octopine pTiA6 plasmid, OccR acts in conjunction with octopine to activate transcription of the occ operon. Although the majority of the occ operon codes for octopine transport and catabolism functions, the distal end of the occR operon ...

Google previewFowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2015)

by Fellow of the British Academy and Senior Research Fellow Jeremy Butterfield, Jeremy Butterfield

activate, actuate. Activate ...

Google previewCampbell's Psychiatric Dictionary (2009)

by Robert Jean Campbell

recessive Noxious stimuli activate a system that begins with the nociceptors (q.v.) , from which ...

Google previewNew Comprehensive A-Z Crossword Dictionary (1996)

by Edy G. Schaffer

SUIT, PROCESS, FUNCTION COUn LAWSUIT melodramatic HEROICS put into ACTUATE, ACTIVATE put out of KO. MAIM, CRIPPLE, DISABLE symbolic CHARADE to outwit another PLOY, BLUFF to recover property TROVER, REPLEVIN ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of 5,000 Spells (2011)

by Judika Illes

Activate. a. Gemstone. 1. The night before you intend to wear your stone, immerse it in a cup of fresh milk. 2. Remove it and place the milky stone on an altar, before a sacred image, in the company of quartz crystals and any other objects you ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology (2016)

W additionally represses V, which is also a repressor, and therefore W functions indirectly to activate the expression of factors Y and Z. The function of signaling here therefore is twofold, to repress the expression of genes in common with type ...

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Quotes about Activate

I think the thing that I most appreciate now is that stereotypes involving Jewish identity activate fears of persecution that exist in the present day. (Gregg Easterbrook)
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Scrabble value of A1C3T1I1V4A1T1E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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