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part of speech: verb
inflections: activates, activating, activated
definition: to cause action in or make active; start.
You will activate the alarm if you open the door.
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start, stimulate
arrest, halt, stop
similar words:
arouse, commence, compel, drive, excite, ignite, initiate, inspire, kindle, prod, propel, trigger
derivations: activation (n.), activator (n.)
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The word activate contains the following parts:
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).
-ive, -ative Latin adjective-forming suffix that means tending to, connected with, or performing
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The suffix -ive , -ative turns Latinate verb bases into adjectives. Many adjectives ending in -ive , -ative have corresponding noun forms ending in -ity (objective , objectivity) or -ion (effusive, effusion).