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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 activates word

  • verb with object activates to make active; cause to function or act. 1
  • verb with object activates Physics. to render more reactive; excite: to activate a molecule. to induce radioactivity. 1
  • verb with object activates to aerate (sewage) in order to accelerate decomposition of impure organic matter by microorganisms. 1
  • verb with object activates Chemistry. to make (carbon, a catalyst, molecules, etc.) more active. to hasten (reactions) by various means, as heating. 1
  • verb with object activates to place (a military unit or station) on an active status in an assigned capacity. 1
  • noun activates Third-person singular simple present indicative form of activate. 1

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Origin of activates

First appearance:

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

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Parts of speech for Activates


activates 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.
According to our data about 54% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

activates usage trend in Literature

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Top questions with activates

  • what activates shingles?
  • which part of the brain activates the stress response?
  • which chemical activates the transformation of trypsinogen to trypsin?

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