verb (used with object), actuated, actuating.
to incite or move to action; impel; motivate: actuated by selfish motives.
to put into action; start a process; turn on: to actuate a machine.
Origin: 1590–1600; Related forms
< Medieval Latin āctuāt
) reduced to action (past participle of āctuāre
), equivalent to Latin āctu
) (see act
) + -ātus -ate1
deactuate, verb (used with object), deactuated, deactuating.