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 for activate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Activate \Ac"ti*vate\, v. t.
     To make active. [Obs.]
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction";
           "actuate the circuits" [syn: trip, actuate, trigger,
           activate, set off, spark off, spark, trigger off,
           touch off]
      2: make active or more active; "activate an old file" [ant:
         deactivate, inactivate]
      3: make more adsorptive; "activate a metal"
      4: aerate (sewage) so as to favor the growth of organisms that
         decompose organic matter [syn: activate, aerate]
      5: make (substances) radioactive

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  42 Moby Thesaurus words for "activate":
     accelerate, actuate, animate, arouse, atomize, awaken, bombard,
     charge, cleave, contaminate, cross-bombard, energize, fission,
     galvanize, get going, impel, infect, initiate, irradiate, mobilize,
     motivate, move, nucleize, poison, prompt, radiumize, rally,
     reactivate, recharge, remilitarize, rouse, set going,
     set in motion, smash the atom, start, stimulate, stir, switch on,
     trigger, turn on, wake, waken

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