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actuate

 
Verb actuate has 2 senses
  1. trip, actuate, trigger, activate, set off, spark off, spark, trigger off, touch off - put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits"
    --1 is one way to initiate, pioneer
    Derived forms: noun actuator1, noun act2, noun actuation1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  2. motivate, actuate, propel, move, prompt, incite - give an incentive for action; "This moved me to sacrifice my career"
    --2 is one way to cause, do, make
    Derived form: noun act2
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s somebody
    Something ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
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