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

  Actuate \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.
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              Wings, which others were contriving to actuate by
              the perpetual motion.                 --Johnson.
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              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.
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     2. To carry out in practice; to perform. [Obs.] "To actuate
        what you command." --Jer. Taylor.
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     Syn: To move; impel; incite; rouse; instigate; animate.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Actuate \Ac"tu*ate\, a. [LL. actuatus, p. p. of actuare.]
     Put in action; actuated. [Obs.] --South.
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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: give an incentive for action; "This moved me to sacrifice my
         career" [syn: motivate, actuate, propel, move,
         prompt, incite]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  40 Moby Thesaurus words for "actuate":
     animate, arouse, circulate, compel, drive, drive on, energize,
     excite, force, forward, foster, galvanize, give an impetus,
     give momentum, goad, impel, incite, mobilize, motivate, move,
     move to action, nudge, power, promote, propel, provoke, push,
     put in motion, rouse, set agoing, set going, set in motion,
     set off, shove, spark, stimulate, stir, thrust, vitalize,
     whip on

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