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Actuate (verb)

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To A'ctuate. v.a. [from ago, actum, Lat.] To put into action; to invigorate or encrease the powers of motion.

The light made by this animal depends upon a living spirit, and seems, by some vital irradiation, to be actuated into this lustre. Brown's Vulgar Errours, b. iii. c. 6.

Such is every man, who has not actuated the grace given him, to the subduing of every reigning sin. Decay of Piety.

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's Spectator № 255.

Our passions are the springs which actuate the powers of our nature. Rogers, Sermon iii.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Allestree, Richard (89) · Browne, Thomas (204) · Rogers, John (38) · Spectator (140)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Verb Active (289)

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