Definitions for activateˈæk təˌveɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ac•ti•vateˈæk təˌveɪt(v.t.)-vat•ed, -vat•ing.

  1. to make active.

  2. Physics. to render more reactive; excite: to induce radioactivity.

    to activate a molecule.

    Category: Physics

  3. Chem. to make (carbon, a catalyst, etc.) more active. to hasten (reactions), as by heating.

    Category: Chemistry

  4. to place (a military unit) on an active status.

    Category: Military

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trip, actuate, trigger, activate, set off, spark off, spark, trigger off, touch off(verb)

    put in motion or move to act

    "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits"

  2. activate(verb)

    make active or more active

    "activate an old file"

  3. activate(verb)

    make more adsorptive

    "activate a metal"

  4. activate, aerate(verb)

    aerate (sewage) so as to favor the growth of organisms that decompose organic matter

  5. activate(verb)

    make (substances) radioactive


  1. activate(Verb)

    To put into action, to put to work.

  2. activate(Verb)

    To turn on.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Activate(verb)

    to make active

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'activate' in Verbs Frequency: #902

Anagrams of activate

  1. cavitate

Translations for activate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to put into force or operation

The smoke activated the fire alarms.

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