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Synonyms of the verb activate

The verb activate has more than one meaning. Please check the definition for more details about its synonyms.

Equivalent words for the verb activate:

  1. actuate (7 letter word for activate)
    • inflections: actuated, actuating, actuates
    • related terms: inactuate, inactuation, reactuate, actuator, actuation
  2. aerate (6 letter word for activate)
    • inflections: aerated, aerating, aerates
    • related terms: deaerate, deaerator, deaeration, de-aerate, subaerate, subaerial, subaeration, Aeratable, aerator, aeration
  3. spark (5 letter word for activate)
    • inflections: sparked, sparking, sparks
    • related terms: sparkish, sparkless, sparklet, sparklike, sparkling, sparky, sparker, sparkly
  4. trigger (7 letter word for activate)
  5. trip (4 letter word, the shortest synonym for activate)
    • inflections: tripped, tripping, trips
    • related terms: atrip, a-trip, retrip, tripal, tripery, trip-free, triplet, Triplike, tripling, tripsome, tripy, triply

Equivalent phrase for the verb activate, that has fewer characters:

  1. set off (7 characters phrase, the shortest phrasal synonym for activate)

Equivalent phrases for the verb activate, that have more characters:

  1. spark off (9 character phrase for activate)
  2. touch off (9 character phrase for activate)
  3. trigger off (11 characters phrase, the longest phrasal synonym for activate)

Hypernyms of the verb activate

More generic words for the verb activate, that have fewer characters:

  1. add (3 letter word)
    • inflections: added, adding, adds
    • related terms: unadd, unaddable, unaddible, misadd, outadd, readd, readdition, addling, Addy, addable, addible, adder, addition, additive
  2. admit (5 letter word)
    • inflections: admitted, admitting, admits
    • related terms: coadmit, preadmit, readmit
  3. alter (5 letter word)
    • inflections: altered, altering, alters
    • related terms: Unalter, exalter, exaltee, exaltment, exaltate, exaltation, exaltative, misalter, prealter, prealteration, realter, realterable, realteration, alterable, alterate, alterer, alterant, alteration, alterity, alterman, alterative
  4. cause (5 letter word)
    • inflections: caused, causing, causes
    • related terms: uncause, uncausal, uncausable, uncausative, concause, concausal, cocause, countercause, subcause, undercause, causal, causable, causate, causer, causation, causative
  5. change (6 letter word)
    • inflections: changed, changing, changes
    • related terms: unchange, exchange, exchangee, exchanger, transchange, transchanger, counterchange, interchange, interchanger, rechange, changable, changer
  6. create (6 letter word)
    • inflections: created, creating, creates
    • related terms: uncreate, uncreatable, uncreation, uncreative, concreate, increate, increative, transcreate, Transcreation, cocreate, cocreator, Cocreation, discreate, discreation, intercreate, miscreate, miscreator, miscreation, miscreative, precreate, precreation, precreative, recreate, recreatable, recreator, recreation, recreative, re-create, re-creator, re-creation, re-creative, creatic, creatine, creature, creatable, creator, creation, creative
  7. desex (5 letter word)
    • inflections: desexed, desexing, desexes
  8. discuss (7 letter word)
    • inflections: discussed, discussing, discusses
    • related terms: overdiscuss, prediscuss, rediscuss, discussment, discussable, discussible, discusser, discussant, discussive
  9. do (2 letter word, one of the shortest hypernyms for activate)
    • inflections: did, done, doing, does
  10. dress (5 letter word)
    • inflections: dressed, dressing, dresses
    • related terms: undress, Undressable, E-Dress, outdress, overdress, redress, redressal, redressless, redressment, redressable, redressible, redresser, redressor, redressive, re-dress, underdress, updress, dressage, Dressless, dressy, Dressable, dresser
  11. edit (4 letter word)
    • inflections: edited, editing, edits
    • related terms: coedit, coeditor, misedit, overedit, preedit, preeditor, preedition, pre-edit, pre-editor, pre-edition, reedit, reedition, re-edit, subedit, subeditor, edital, editable, editor, edition
  12. explore (7 letter word)
    • inflections: explored, exploring, explores
    • related terms: reexplore, reexploration, re-explore, explorable, explorate, explorer, exploration, explorative
  13. fix (3 letter word)
    • inflections: fixed, fixing, fixes
    • related terms: Circumfix, defix, unfix, unfixable, unfixity, unfixative, confix, Confixative, infix, infixal, infixion, infixation, transfix, transfixion, transfixation, antefix, antefixal, counterfix, Disfix, Interfix, overfix, perfix, postfix, postfixal, postfixial, postfixation, prefix, prefixal, Prefixhood, Prefixless, Prefixlike, prefixable, prefixion, prefixation, refix, refixation, subfix, fixage, Fixism, fixure, fixable, fixate, fixer, fixion, fixation, fixity, fixive, fixative
  14. go (2 letter word, one of the shortest hypernyms for activate)
    • inflections: went, gone, going, goes
  15. include (7 letter word)
    • inflections: included, including, includes
    • related terms: coinclude, preinclude, reinclude, includable, includible, includer
  16. make (4 letter word)
    • inflections: made, making, makes
    • related terms: unmake, unmakable, unmaker, transmake, comake, comaker, mismake, Overmake, premake, premaker, remake, remaker, makedom, makeless, makeable, maker
  17. modify (6 letter word)
  18. move (4 letter word)
    • inflections: moved, moving, moves
    • related terms: amove, amovable, demove, commove, Comove, countermove, counter-move, emove, mismove, outmove, Postmove, premove, premover, remove, removal, removable, remover, upmove, Moval, moveless, movement, moveable, mover
  19. pioneer (7 letter word)
    • inflections: pioneered, pioneering, pioneers
    • related terms: Cyberpioneer, pioneerdom, pioneership
  20. redact (6 letter word)
    • inflections: redacted, redacting, redacts
    • related terms: Redactable, redactor, redaction
  21. replace (7 letter word)
    • inflections: replaced, replacing, replaces
    • related terms: Replacee, replacer
  22. start (5 letter word)
    • inflections: started, starting, starts
    • related terms: astart, Unstart, a-start, Autostart, Costart, Forestart, misstart, outstart, outstartling, outstarter, Prestart, restart, restartable, re-start, upstart, upstartism, upstartness, startful, startish, startling, starty, Startable, starter, startor, startly
  23. travel (6 letter word)
    • inflections: travelled, travelling, traveled, traveling, travels
    • related terms: Cybertravel, outtravel, overtravel, pretravel, retravel, traveldom, travelling, travelable, traveler
  24. unsex (5 letter word)
    • inflections: unsexed, unsexing, unsexes
    • related terms: unsexlike, unsexy

More generic words for the verb activate, that have the same number of characters:

  1. initiate (8 letter word)
    • inflections: initiated, initiating, initiates
    • related terms: uninitiate, uninitiation, uninitiative, preinitiate, preinitial, preinitiation, reinitiate, reinitiation, initial, Initiable, initiant, initiation, initiative
  2. innovate (8 letter word)
    • inflections: innovated, innovating, innovates
    • related terms: innovant, innovation, innovative
  3. locomote (8 letter word)
    • inflections: locomoted, locomoting, locomotes
    • related terms: locomotor, locomotion, locomotive
  4. transfer (8 letter word)
    • inflections: transferred, transferring, transfers
    • related terms: Cotransfer, Posttransfer, retransfer, retrotransfer, transferal, transferee, transferable, transference, transferer, transferor, transferent

More generic words for the verb activate, that have more characters:

  1. desexualise (11 letter word, one of the longest hypernyms for activate)
    • inflections: desexualised, desexualising, desexualises
  2. desexualize (11 letter word, one of the longest hypernyms for activate)
    • inflections: desexualized, desexualizing, desexualizes
  3. introduce (9 letter word)
    • inflections: introduced, introducing, introduces
    • related terms: reintroduce, Reintroducer, reintroduction, re-introduce, subintroduce, subintroduction, subintroductive, introducee, introducible, introducer, introduction, introductive
  4. originate (9 letter word)
    • inflections: originated, originating, originates
    • related terms: unoriginate, unoriginal, unorigination, unoriginative, inoriginate, original, originist, Originless, originable, originant, origination, originative
  5. sterilise (9 letter word)
    • inflections: sterilised, sterilising, sterilises
    • related terms: sterilize, sterilisation, sterilization, sterilant, sterility
  6. sterilize (9 letter word)
    • inflections: sterilized, sterilizing, sterilizes
    • related terms: desterilize, desterilization, resterilize, resterilization, sterilise, sterilisation, sterilization, sterilant, sterility

More generic phrase for the verb activate, that has fewer characters:

  1. let in (6 characters phrase, the shortest phrasal hypernym for activate)

More generic phrase for the verb activate, that has the same number of characters:

  1. hash out (8 character phrase)

More generic phrases for the verb activate, that have more characters:

  1. get dressed (11 characters phrase, the longest phrasal hypernym for activate)
  2. talk over (9 character phrase)

Hyponyms of the verb activate

More specific words for the verb activate:

  1. reactivate (10 letter word)
    • inflections: reactivated, reactivating, reactivates
    • related terms: Reactivable, reactivation, reactivity

Antonyms of the verb activate

Opposite words for the verb activate:

  1. inactivate (10 letter word)
    • inflections: inactivated, inactivating, inactivates
    • related terms: inactivation, inactivity

Related words for the term activate, that have fewer characters:

  1. animate (7 letter word)
    • inflections: animated, animating, animates
    • related terms: unanimate, unanimism, unanimist, unanimous, unanimity, inanimate, inanimation, exanimate, exanimation, transanimate, transanimation, coanimate, disanimate, disanimal, disanimation, interanimate, reanimate, reanimation, animal, Animesque, animine, animism, animist, animable, animous, animise, animize, animant, animation, animative
  2. arouse (6 letter word)
    • inflections: aroused, arousing, arouses
    • related terms: rearouse, rearousal, subarouse, subarousal, arousal, arousable, arouser
  3. atomize (7 letter word)
    • inflections: atomized, atomizing, atomizes
    • related terms: anatomize, anatomic, anatomism, anatomist, anatomy, anatomise, anatomisation, anatomization, atomic, atomics, atomism, atomist, Atomlike, atomy, Atomate, atomise, atomisation, atomization, atomity
  4. awaken (6 letter word)
    • inflections: awakened, awakening, awakens
    • related terms: reawaken, reawakenment, Awakeness, awakenment, awakenable, awakener
  5. bombard (7 letter word)
    • inflections: bombarded, bombarding, bombards
    • related terms: bombardment, bombarder, bombardman
  6. charge (6 letter word)
    • inflections: charged, charging, charges
    • related terms: uncharge, countercharge, discharge, dischargee, discharger, intercharge, Microcharge, mischarge, overcharge, overcharger, precharge, recharge, recharger, surcharge, surcharger, undercharge, chargee, chargable, charger
  7. cleave (6 letter word)
    • inflections: cleft, clove, cloven, cleaved, cleaving, cleaves
    • related terms: uncleave, uncleavable, overcleave, Photocleave, cleavage, cleavable, cleaver
  8. fission (7 letter word)
    • inflections: fissioned, fissioning, fissions
    • related terms: transfission, photofission, fissional, Fissionlike, fissionable
  9. impel (5 letter word)
    • inflections: impelled, impelling, impels
    • related terms: reimpel, impelling
  10. infect (6 letter word)
    • inflections: infected, infecting, infects
    • related terms: disinfect, disinfecter, disinfector, disinfectant, disinfection, Disinfectation, disinfective, preinfect, preinfection, reinfect, reinfectious, reinfection, Infectee, infectuous, Infectable, infectible, infecter, infector, infectious, infectant, infection, infective
  11. poison (6 letter word)
    • inflections: poisoned, poisoning, poisons
    • related terms: unpoison, unpoisonable, unpoisonous, impoison, impoisoner, counterpoison, outpoison, prepoison, poisonful, poisonless, Poisonlike, poisonable, poisoner, poisonous
  12. prompt (6 letter word)
    • inflections: prompted, prompting, prompts
    • related terms: unprompt, unpromptness, unpromptly, imprompt, overprompt, overpromptness, overpromptly, underprompt, underprompter, Promptless, promptness, prompture, prompter, promptive, promptly
  13. rally (5 letter word)
    • inflections: rallied, rallying, rallies
    • related terms: Corally, Counterrally, ralliance, rallier
  14. rouse (5 letter word)
    • inflections: roused, rousing, rouses
    • related terms: arouse, arousal, arousable, arouser, uprouse, rousette, rouser, rousant
  15. stir (4 letter word)
    • inflections: stirred, stirring, stirs
    • related terms: astir, overstir, restir, upstir, stirless, stirling
  16. wake (4 letter word)
    • inflections: woke, woken, waking, wakes, waked
    • related terms: awake, awaken, awakable, outwake, overwake, rewake, rewaken, waken, wakeful, wakeless, waker, wakeman
  17. waken (5 letter word)
    • inflections: wakened, wakening, wakens
    • related terms: awaken, Awakeness, awakenment, awakenable, awakener, rewaken, wakener

Related words for the term activate, that have the same number of characters:

  1. energize (8 letter word)
    • inflections: energized, energizing, energizes
    • related terms: de-energize, de-energise, reenergize, re-energize, energetic, energic, energism, energist, energy, energise, Energization
  2. mobilize (8 letter word)
    • inflections: mobilized, mobilizing, mobilizes
    • related terms: demobilize, demobilise, demobilisation, demobilization, immobilize, immobilism, immobilise, immobilisation, immobilization, immobility, Countermobilize, overmobilize, remobilize, remobilization, Mobilette, Mobilian, mobilise, mobilisation, mobilization, mobility
  3. motivate (8 letter word)
  4. nucleize (8 letter word)
    • related term: nucleization
  5. recharge (8 letter word)
    • inflections: recharged, recharging, recharges
    • related term: recharger

Related words for the term activate, that have more characters:

  1. accelerate (10 letter word)
    • inflections: accelerated, accelerating, accelerates
    • related terms: overaccelerate, overacceleration, reaccelerate, Reacceleration, accelerable, accelerant, acceleration, accelerative
  2. contaminate (11 letter word)
    • inflections: contaminated, contaminating, contaminates
    • related terms: decontaminate, decontamination, decontaminative, uncontaminate, uncontaminable, uncontaminative, incontaminate, incontaminable, Recontaminate, contaminable, contaminous, contaminant, contamination, contaminative
  3. galvanize (9 letter word)
    • inflections: galvanized, galvanizing, galvanizes
    • related terms: pregalvanize, regalvanize, regalvanization, galvanic, galvanism, galvanist, galvanise, galvanisation, galvanization
  4. irradiate (9 letter word)
    • inflections: irradiated, irradiating, irradiates
    • related terms: irradiance, irradiant, irradiation, irradiative
  5. radiumize (9 letter word)
    • related terms: radiumlike, radiumization
  6. remilitarize (12 letter word)
  7. stimulate (9 letter word)
    • inflections: stimulated, stimulating, stimulates
    • related terms: Destimulate, instimulate, exstimulate, counterstimulate, counterstimulation, interstimulate, interstimulation, overstimulate, overstimulation, overstimulative, prestimulate, prestimulation, restimulate, restimulation, Understimulate, stimulable, stimulance, stimulant, stimulation, stimulative
  8. Bioactivate (11 letter word)
  9. superactivate (13 letter word)
    • related term: superactivity
  10. deactivate (10 letter word)
    • related term: deactivation
  11. Transactivate (13 letter word)
  12. Autoactivate (12 letter word)
    • related term: autoactivation
  13. overactivate (12 letter word)
  14. photoactivate (13 letter word)
    • related terms: photoactivation, photoactivity
  15. activism (8 letter word)
  16. activist (8 letter word)
  17. activable (9 letter word)
    • related terms: Reactivable, activism, activist, activate, activize, activation, activity
  18. activize (8 letter word)
    • related terms: activism, activist, activable, activate, activation, activity
  19. activation (10 letter word)
  20. activity (8 letter word)
    • related terms: bioactivity, Bioactivate, Bioactivation, hyperactivity, hyperaction, hyperactive, hypoactivity, hypoactive, nonactivity, Nonactic, Nonactor, nonaction, nonactive, Proactivity, Psychoactivity, self-activity, self-actor, self-action, self-active, superactivity, superactive, unactivity, unactable, unaction, unactive, inactivity, inaction, inactive, coactivity, Coactivation, counteractivity, counteracter, counteractor, counteractant, counteraction, counteractive, interactivity, Interactor, interactant, interaction, interactive, overactivity, Overactor, overaction, overactive, photoactivity, photoactive, preactivity, Preactivation, reactivity, Reactivable, reactivate, reactivation, retroactivity, retroaction, retroactive, underactivity, underactor, underaction, underactive, activism, activist, activable, activate, activize, activation

Related phrase for the term activate, that has fewer characters:

  1. turn on (7 character phrase)

Related phrases for the term activate, that have more characters:

  1. get going (9 character phrase)
  2. set going (9 character phrase)
  3. set in motion (13 character phrase)
  4. smash the atom (14 character phrase)
  5. switch on (9 character phrase)

Other related term for the term activate:

  1. cross-bombard (13 character term)

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