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Definition of the verb actuate

What does actuate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: actuated | actuating | actuates

  1. put in motion or move to act
  2. give an incentive for action

Alternative definition of the verb actuate


  1. [transitive] To activate, or to put into motion; to animate.
  2. [transitive] To incite to action; to motivate.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for actuate

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Google previewBlueprint Reading (2002)

Fundamentals for the Water and Wastewater Maintenance Operator by Frank R. Spellman, Joanne Drinan

Actuate means to put devices and circuits into action. Actuator is a device for converting hydraulic energy into mechanical energy. A motor of cylinder. Circuit is the complete path of flow in a fluid power system, including the flow-generating ...

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 previewA Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (2001)

by Bryan A. Garner

actuate; activate. The Evanses wrote that ...

Google previewDictionary of Confusable Words (2013)

by Adrian Room

' action see act activate/actuate To activate something is to set it working or make it ready for use: 'The recorder is...

To actuate something is to make it move or operate: 'This switch actuates the drive mechanism.' It is also to ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes ... (1845)

by John Platts

ACTION — ACTUATE. 17 Gesticulation, [gesticulatio, L.] representation by gestures or postures. Posture, [positura, L.l the position or carriage of the body. Attitude, [attitude, F.] a posture. Graceful action ; indecent gesticulation ; posture of ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia perthensis, or, Universal dictionary of the arts, sciences, literature, etc. : intended to supersede the use of other books of reference (1816)

ACTUATE, adj. [from the verb To actuate.}. Put into action; animated; brought into estect. — The active informations of the intellect, filling the passive reception of the will, like form closing with matter, grew actuate into a third and distinct ...

Google previewTruespel Book Two: Phonetic Dictionary of USA English (2006)

by Thomas E. Zurinskas

adjunct ~akchu"alitee - actuality ~akchu'aliez - actualize ~akchue'aet - actuate ~akchue'airee - actuary ~akchuewaet - actuate ~akchuewairee - actuary ~ akchuwaliez - actualize ~akchuwool - actual ~akchuwwalitee - actuality ~Akermin ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Automotive Engineering (2015)

by David Crolla

Early approaches used either compressed air or lubricant to actuate the valves, but any performance gains had to be weighed against the power required to drive the system and account for system losses. It is important to keep in mind, that in ...

Google previewA Dictionary Of The English Language; In Which The Words Are Deduced From Their Originals; And Illustrated In Their Different Significations, By Examples From The Best Writers: Together With A History of the Language, and an English Grammar (1818)

by Samuel Johnson

[from the verb to actuate] Put into action; animated; brou ht into effect. The active informations of t e intellect filling the passive reception of the will, like form closing with matter, grew actuate into a third and distinct perfection of practice. South.

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Scrabble value of A1C3T1U1A1T1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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