ACTUATE in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of ACTUATE
Definition Example Sentence Classic Sentence
 v.  put into motion or action; activate
Classic Sentence:
1  Mr. Heathcliff may have entirely dissimilar reasons for keeping his hand out of the way when he meets a would-be acquaintance, to those which actuate me.
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER I
2  And though his questions were unpleasantly blunt, they seemed actuated by a friendly interest.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XXXVI
3  To the credit of the negroes, including the least intelligent of them, few were actuated by malice and those few had usually been "mean niggers" even in slave days.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XXXVII
4  Heyward and the scout still pressed on his rear, actuated, though possibly in a less degree, by a common feeling.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 32
5  The proofs were certainly not convincing, since they rested upon a few words written by an escaped galley-slave on his death-bed, and who might have been actuated by hatred or revenge in accusing his companion.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 108. The Judge.
6  Elizabeth, though expecting no less, thanked him with tears of gratitude; and all three being actuated by one spirit, everything relating to their journey was speedily settled.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 46
7  When actuated by selfish and vicious motives, I asked you to undertake my unfinished work, and I renew this request now, when I am only induced by reason and virtue.
Frankenstein By Mary Shelley
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 24
8  A new generation is growing up in our midst, a generation actuated by new ideas and new principles.
Dubliners By James Joyce
Context  Highlight   In THE DEAD
9  It was evident that without suspecting it, and actuated solely by their chivalrous and adventurous character, our three friends had just rendered a service to someone the cardinal honored with his special protection.
The Three Musketeers By Alexandre Dumas
Context  Highlight   In 44 THE UTILITY OF STOVEPIPES
Example Sentence:
1  I fail to understand what might actuate you to reply to this letter so nastily.
2  I really fail to understand what actuated you to give up such a promising post so hastily.
3  A detonator is any device containing an explosive that is actuated by heat, percussion, friction, or electricity.