actuate (v.)

  1. put in motion or move to act; trigger a reaction; actuate the circuits

    [ Syn: trip , trigger , activate , set off , spark off , spark , trigger off , touch off ]

  2. give an incentive for action; This moved me to sacrifice my career

    [ Syn: motivate , propel , move , prompt , incite ]

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