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ACTIVATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does activate mean? 

ACTIVATE (verb)
  The verb ACTIVATE has 5 senses:

1. put in motion or move to act
2. make active or more active
3. make more adsorptive
4. aerate (sewage) so as to favor the growth of organisms that decompose organic matter
5. make (substances) radioactive

  Familiarity information: ACTIVATE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


ACTIVATE (verb)


Sense 1activate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put in motion or move to act

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

trigger off; trigger; touch off; spark off; spark; set off; actuate; activate; trip

Context examples:

trigger a reaction / actuate the circuits

Hypernyms (to "activate" is one way to...):

initiate; pioneer (take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of)

Cause:

come about; fall out; go on; hap; happen; occur; pass; pass off; take place (come to pass)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2activate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make active or more active

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

activate an old file

Hypernyms (to "activate" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "activate"):

reactivate (activate (an old file) anew)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Antonym:

inactivate (make inactive)


Sense 3activate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make more adsorptive

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

activate a metal

Hypernyms (to "activate" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4activate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Aerate (sewage) so as to favor the growth of organisms that decompose organic matter

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

aerate; activate

Hypernyms (to "activate" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 5activate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make (substances) radioactive

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Hypernyms (to "activate" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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