verb (actuat, ing)
- (transitive) To activate, or to put into motion; to animate.
- (transitive) To incite to action; to motivate.
Etymology: From medieval Latin actuatus, past participle of actuare, from actus "act".
- 1748. HUME, David Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. 2. ed. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. Â§ 11.
- : A man in a fit of anger, is actuated in a very different manner from one who only thinks of that emotion.
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