actuate
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈæktʃu.eɪt/, /ˈæktju.eɪt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈæktʃu.eɪt/
Verb

actuate (actuates, present participle actuating; past and past participle actuated)

  1. (transitive) To activate, or to put into motion; to animate.
    • Wings, which others were contriving to actuate by the perpetual motion.
    • 1906 January–October, Joseph Conrad, chapter IV, in The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale, London: Methuen & Co., […], published 1907, OCLC 270548466 ↗; The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale (Collection of British Authors; 3995), copyright edition, Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1907, OCLC 1107573959 ↗, pages 68–69 ↗:
      I walk always with my right hand closed round the india-rubber ball which I have in my trouser pocket. The pressing of this ball actuates a detonator inside the flask I carry in my pocket. It's the principle of the pneumatic instantaneous shutter for a camera lens.
  2. (transitive) To incite to action; to motivate.
    • 1748, David Hume, Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral, 2. ed., London, Oxford University Press, 1973. § 11.
      A man in a fit of anger, is actuated in a very different manner from one who only thinks of that emotion.
    • Men of the greatest abilities are most fired with ambition; and, on the contrary, mean and narrow minds are the least actuated by it.
Related terms Translations
  • Russian: приводи́ть в де́йствие
Translations
  • Portuguese: estimular
  • Russian: побужда́ть к действие



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