Simple Definition of actuate
: to make (a machine or electrical device) move or operate
: to cause someone to do something or to act in a certain way
Full Definition of actuate
1 : to put into mechanical action or motion
2 : to move to action
actuationplay \ˌak-chə-ˈwā-shən, -shə-\ noun
Examples of actuate in a sentence
The pump is actuated by the windmill.
<a light actuated by a motion detector>
Origin and Etymology of actuate
Medieval Latin actuatus, past participle of actuare to execute, from Latin actus act
First Known Use: 1645
Synonym Discussion of actuate
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