What does actuate mean?
The definition of actuate
Ac”tu*ate, v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Actuated; p. pr. & vb. n. Actuating.]
Etym: [LL. actuatus, p. p. of actuare, fr. L. actus act.]

1 To put into action or motion; to move or incite to action; to influence actively; to move as motives do; — more commonly used of persons. Wings, which others were contriving to actuate by the perpetual motion. Johnson. 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.
2 To carry out in practice; to perform. [Obs.] “To actuate what you command.” Jer. Taylor.

Synonyms
— To move; impel; incite; rouse; instigate; animate.

Ac”tu*ate, a.
Etym: [LL. actuatus, p. p. of actuare.]

Put in action; actuated. [Obs.] South.