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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-tuh-veyt]
    • /ˈæk təˌveɪt/
    • /ˈæk.tɪ.veɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-tuh-veyt]
    • /ˈæk təˌveɪt/

Definitions of activate word

  • verb activate If a device or process is activated, something causes it to start working. 3
  • verb activate to make active or capable of action 3
  • verb activate to make radioactive 3
  • verb activate to increase the rate of (a reaction) 3
  • verb activate to treat (a substance, such as carbon or alumina) so as to increase powers of adsorption 3
  • verb activate to prepare by arousal (the body or one of its organs (e.g. the brain)) for action 3

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Origin of activate

First appearance:

before 1620
One of the 42% oldest English words
First recorded in 1620-30; active + -ate1

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Activate


activate popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 77% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

activate usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for activate

verb activate

  • trigger — a small projecting tongue in a firearm that, when pressed by the finger, actuates the mechanism that discharges the weapon.
  • mobilize — to assemble or marshal (armed forces, military reserves, or civilian persons of military age) into readiness for active service.
  • stimulate — to rouse to action or effort, as by encouragement or pressure; spur on; incite: to stimulate his interest in mathematics.
  • turn on — to cause to move around on an axis or about a center; rotate: to turn a wheel.
  • move — to pass from one place or position to another.

Antonyms for activate

verb activate

  • dissuade — to deter by advice or persuasion; persuade not to do something (often followed by from): She dissuaded him from leaving home.
  • calm — A calm person does not show or feel any worry, anger, or excitement.
  • check — Check is also a noun.
  • halt — to falter, as in speech, reasoning, etc.; be hesitant; stumble.
  • stop — to cease from, leave off, or discontinue: to stop running.

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