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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: WordNet (r) 2.0

 actuated
      adj : moved to action; "a man actuated by unworthy desired"