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Ac"tu*ate (#), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Actuated (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Actuating (#).] [LL. actuatus, p. p. of actuare, fr. L. actus act.]

1.

To put into action or motion; to move or incite to action; to influence actively; to move as motives do; -- more commonly used of persons.

Wings, which others were contriving to actuate by the perpetual motion. Johnson.

Men of the greatest abilities are most fired with ambition; and, on the contrary, mean and narrow minds are the least actuated by it. Addison.

2.

To carry out in practice; to perform.

[Obs.] "To actuate what you command."

Jer. Taylor.

Syn. -- To move; impel; incite; rouse; instigate; animate.

 

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Ac"tu*ate (#), a. [LL. actuatus, p. p. of actuare.]

Put in action; actuated.

[Obs.]

South.

 

© Webster 1913.