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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ac·tu·ate /ˈækʧəˌwet, ʃə-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ac·tu·ate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Actuated p. pr. & vb. n. Actuating ]
 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.
    Wings, which others were contriving to actuate by the perpetual motion.   --Johnson.
    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.
 2. To carry out in practice; to perform. [Obs.] “To actuate what you command.”
 Syn: -- To move; impel; incite; rouse; instigate; animate.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ac·tu·ate a.  Put in action; actuated. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction"; "actuate
           the circuits" [syn: trip, 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, propel, move, prompt, incite]