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Adjective: actuating  'ak-choo,ey-ting
  1. Causing motion, action or change
    "The aeroplane has self-actuating flaps on the wings";
    - activating
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

See also: causative

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

Encyclopedia: Actuate