Actuate meaning

ăkcho͝o-āt
The definition of actuate is the act of putting something into motion.

An example of actuate is a tweeting bird popping out of a cu-cu clock as it strikes the hour.

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To put into motion or action; activate.

Electrical relays that actuate the elevator.

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To cause to take action.

A speech that actuated dissenters.

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To put into action or motion.
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To cause to take action.

What motives actuated him?

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To activate, or to put into motion; to animate.
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Origin of actuate

  • Medieval Latin āctuāre āctuāt- from Latin āctus act act

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin āctuātus, perfect passive participle of āctuō (“actuate, implement”), from Latin āctus, perfect passive participle of agō (“do, act”).

    From Wiktionary