Meaning of actuate

ac•tu•ate

Pronunciation: (ak'ch-āt"), [key]
— -at•ed, -at•ing.
  1. to incite or move to action; impel; motivate: actuated by selfish motives.
  2. to put into action; start a process; turn on: to actuate a machine.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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