verb (used with object), ac·tu·at·ed, ac·tu·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.

verb (tr)

  1. to put into action or mechanical motion
  2. to motivate or incite into actionactuated by unworthy desires

1590s, from Medieval Latin actuatus, past participle of actuare, from Latin actus (see act (n.)). Related: Actuated; actuating.

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