Definition of Activate

1. Verb. Put in motion or move to act. "Actuate the circuits"

2. Verb. Make active or more active. "Activate an old file"
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Reactivate
Derivative terms: Activation, Activator
Antonyms: Inactivate

3. Verb. Make more adsorptive. "Activate a metal"
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Activation

4. Verb. Aerate (sewage) so as to favor the growth of organisms that decompose organic matter.
Exact synonyms: Aerate
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Activation, Aerator, Air

5. Verb. Make (substances) radioactive.
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Activation

Definition of Activate

1. v. t. To make active.

Definition of Activate

1. Verb. To put into action, to put to work. ¹

2. Verb. To turn on. ¹

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Definition of Activate

1. to set in motion [v -VATED, -VATING, -VATES]

Medical Definition of Activate

1. 1. To render activity. 2. To become active. 3. To convert (a compound, as a provitamin or enzyme) into an active form or different compound, especially. Into one that has a particular biological action (for example ergosterol by irradiation to vitamin D2 for use in treating rickets). (13 Nov 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Activate

actions speak louder than words
activate (current term)
activated acetaldehyde
activated amino acid
activated atom
activated carbon
activated carboxylic acid
activated charcoal
activated choline
activated clotting time
activated complex
activated fatty acid
activated glucose
activated macrophage
activated partial thromboplastin time

Literary usage of Activate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Collected Studies on Immunity by Paul Ehrlich (1906)
"A STUDY OF THE SUBSTANCES WHICH activate COBRA VENOM.1 BY Dr. PRESTON KYES, Dr HANS SACHS. Associate in Anatomy. University of Assistant at the Royal ..."

2. Concrete Abstractions: An Introduction to Computer Science Using Scheme by Max. Hailperin, Barbara. Kaiser, Karl. Knight (1999)
"We are making an assumption that underlies our ability to use widget/activate on any kind of widget, even special widgets like colorful widgets. ..."

3. SAS/GRAPH 9.1 Reference by SAS Institute (2004)
")functions must match in order for DSGI to activate them simultaneously. ... The following program statements illustrate how to activate the viewports and ..."

4. The Venom of Heloderma by Leo Loeb (1913)
"not sufficiently numerous to establish the latter point, and we can at present only state that alkalis do not activate heloderma venom. ..."

5. The Neuroscience of Mental Health: A Report on Neuroscience Research edited by Stephen H. Koslow (1997)
"... depicted by red arrow, which can activate calcium- dependent plastic changes at the synapse, which alter synaptic efficiency and are thought to be the ..."

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