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actuate

[ak-choo-eyt] /ˈæk tʃuˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), actuated, actuating.
1.
to incite or move to action; impel; motivate:
actuated by selfish motives.
2.
to put into action; start a process; turn on:
to actuate a machine.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin āctuāt(us) reduced to action (past participle of āctuāre), equivalent to Latin āctu(s) (see act) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
actuation, noun
deactuate, verb (used with object), deactuated, deactuating.
self-actuating, adjective
unactuated, adjective
Can be confused
activate, actuate, stimulate.
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Examples from the web for actuated
  • Because, in addition to his desire to say it straight out, he is actuated by strong opposite motives.
  • He is actuated by the determination to have everything in character at all costs.
  • The clutch is electronically actuated by a button on on the bars and switches between fixed and freewheel drives.
  • One of the workers was killed when he was struck by a nail fired from a powder-actuated tool.
  • The basic timing parameters are essentially the same for all actuated controllers.
  • The actuated signal settings may be varied by time of day and day of week.
  • The actuated green interval is changeable and can be tailored to actual arrivals.
British Dictionary definitions for actuated

actuate

/ˈæktʃʊˌeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to put into action or mechanical motion
2.
to motivate or incite into action: actuated by unworthy desires
Derived Forms
actuation, noun
actuator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin actuātus, from actuāre to incite to action, from Latin āctusact
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Word Origin and History for actuated

actuate

v.

1590s, from Medieval Latin actuatus, past participle of actuare, from Latin actus (see act (n.)). Related: Actuated; actuating.

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