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English verb: activate

1. activate (creation) put in motion or move to act


SamplesTrigger a reaction.
Actuate the circuits.


Synonymsactuate, set off, spark, spark off, touch off, trigger, trigger off, trip


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)initiate, pioneer


Causecome about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place

2. activate (change) make active or more active


SamplesActivate an old file.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)reactivate


Antonymsdeactivate, inactivate

3. activate (change) make more adsorptive


SamplesActivate a metal.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

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


Synonymsaerate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

5. activate (change) make (substances) radioactive


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify









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