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Verb: actuate  'ak-choo,eyt
  1. Put in motion or move to act
    "actuate the circuits";
    - trip, trigger, activate, set off, spark off, spark, trigger off, touch off
     
  2. Give an incentive for action
    "This actuated me to sacrifice my career";
    - motivate, propel, move, prompt, incite

Derived forms: actuated, actuates, actuating

Type of: cause, do, engender, initiate, make, pioneer

Encyclopedia: Actuate