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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

To put into motion; move to action.

Usage examples (36)
  • A rousing speech can actuate those who hear it.
  • Not only does he have excellent medical credentials but he fits what Obama wants in someone who has the ability to "actuate" change.
  • I know not what are the motives which actuate you.
  • His spirit, however, seemed yet to actuate the survivors. for more
Tutoring comment
  • When it comes to a lazy person, it's possible to "activate" (rouse to action) his or her energy more easily than it is to "actuate" (put into true motion) his or her movements.
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