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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-choo-eyt]
    • /ˈæk tʃuˌeɪt/
    • /ˈæk.tʃu.eɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-choo-eyt]
    • /ˈæk tʃuˌeɪt/

Definitions of actuate word

  • verb actuate If a person is actuated by an emotion, that emotion makes them act in a certain way. If something actuates a device, the device starts working. 3
  • verb actuate to put into action or mechanical motion 3
  • verb actuate to motivate or incite into action 3
  • verb transitive actuate to put into action or motion 3
  • verb transitive actuate to cause to take action 3
  • verb with object actuate to incite or move to action; impel; motivate: actuated by selfish motives. 1

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Origin of actuate

First appearance:

before 1590
One of the 37% oldest English words
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin āctuāt(us) reduced to action (past participle of āctuāre), equivalent to Latin āctu(s) (see act) + -ātus -ate1

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Parts of speech for Actuate


actuate popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for actuate

verb actuate

  • activate — If a device or process is activated, something causes it to start working.
  • prompt — done, performed, delivered, etc., at once or without delay: a prompt reply.
  • inspire — to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence: His courage inspired his followers.
  • propel — to drive, or cause to move, forward or onward: to propel a boat by rowing.
  • move — to pass from one place or position to another.

Antonyms for actuate

verb actuate

  • prevent — to keep from occurring; avert; hinder: He intervened to prevent bloodshed.
  • dissuade — to deter by advice or persuasion; persuade not to do something (often followed by from): She dissuaded him from leaving home.
  • hinder — to cause delay, interruption, or difficulty in; hamper; impede: The storm hindered our progress.
  • calm — A calm person does not show or feel any worry, anger, or excitement.
  • lull — to put to sleep or rest by soothing means: to lull a child by singing.

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