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To A'ctivate. v.a. [from active.] To make active. This word is perhaps used only by the author alleged.

As snow and ice, especially being holpen, and their cold activated by nitre or salt, will turn water into ice, and that in a few hours; so it may be, it will turn wood or stiff clay into stone, in longer time. Bacon's Nat. History, № 83.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396)

Attributes: Verb Active (289)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Activate." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 15, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=13335.


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