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Actuate   /ˈæktʃˌuˈeɪt/   Listen

(past & past part. actuated; pres. part. actuating)
Put in motion or move to act.  Synonyms: activate, set off, spark, spark off, touch off, trigger, trigger off, trip.  "Actuate the circuits"
Give an incentive for action.  Synonyms: incite, motivate, move, prompt, propel.

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"Actuate" Quotes from Famous Books

... Business, it is as a Torch in the Hand of one who is willing and able to shew those, who are bewildered, the Way which leads to their Prosperity and Welfare. A generous Concern for your Country, and a Passion for every thing which is truly Great and Noble, are what actuate all Your Life and Actions; and I hope You will forgive me that I have an Ambition this Book may be placed in the Library of so good a Judge of what is valuable, in that Library where the Choice is such, that it will not be a Disparagement to be the meanest Author in it. ...
— The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3 - With Translations and Index for the Series • Joseph Addison and Richard Steele

... motive that can actuate an Authour in the dedication of his labours, concurs in directing me to you, as the person to whom the following ...
— Life Of Johnson, Vol. 1 • Boswell, Edited by Birkbeck Hill

... one taken from Icelandic saga, the other from American Indian tradition, shew clearly the oneness which the uncultivated mind believes to exist between the soul of man and the soul of beast. The same sentiments actuate both man and brute, and if their actions are unlike, it is because of the difference in their formation. The soul within is identical, but the external accidents ...
— The Book of Were-Wolves • Sabine Baring-Gould

... punishment for so transient a weakness! And new consequences, still more disastrous than any she had foreseen, presented themselves one after another. George had escaped, but a word of open scandal, a single whisper in the ear of the old creature down at Torquay, might actuate machinery that would reach out after him and drag him back, and plant him in jail. George, the father of her child, in jail! It was all a matter of chance; sheer chance! She began to perceive what life really was, and the immense importance of hazard ...
— Hilda Lessways • Arnold Bennett

... similar result is to provide the telephone receiver itself with a moving strip of steel, which, in its varying degrees of magnetisation, records the spoken words so that they will, at some distance of time, actuate the diaphragm of the receiver and emit spoken words. The degree of permanency which can be attained by this system is, of course, a vital point as regards its ...
— Twentieth Century Inventions - A Forecast • George Sutherland

... first ideas of religion arose, not from a contemplation of the works of nature, but from a concern with regard to the events of life, and from the incessant hopes and fears which actuate the human mind ... in order to carry men's attention beyond the present course of things, or lead them into any inference concerning invisible intelligent power, they must be actuated by some passion which ...
— Hume - (English Men of Letters Series) • T.H. Huxley

Words linked to "Actuate" :   pioneer, actuator, pass, take place, happen, hap, initiate, impress, fall out, come about, cause, set off, make, trigger, affect, actuation, pass off, go on, act, strike, incite, trip, occur, do, trigger off

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