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