Synonyms of 'actuate'
1 motivateDictionary, move, drive
They were actuated by desire.
His hard work was motivated by a need to achieve.
The hearings moved him to come up with these suggestions.
Depression drove him to attempt suicide.
The conference influenced us to launch the campaign.
I only take on work that excites me.
What inspired you to change your name?
The recession has prompted consumers to cut back on buying cars.
I was intrigued by him, stirred by his intellect.
His friend's plight had spurred him into taking part.
I would do anything to induce them to stay.
His work has aroused intense interest.
He did more to rouse the crowd than anybody else.
Thank you for quickening my spiritual understanding.
He incited his fellow citizens to take revenge.
The violence was instigated by ex-members of the secret police.
I felt impelled to go on speaking.
2 activateDictionary, trigger (off), stimulate
The engines overheated, actuating the fire extinguishers.
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If a device or process is activated, something causes it to start working.
video cameras that can be activated by computer
To animate something means to make it lively or more cheerful.
There was little about the game to animate the crowd.
Thesaurus for actuate from the Collins English Thesaurus
If a person is actuated by an emotion , that emotion makes them act in a certain way . If something actuates a device , the device starts working .