Definition of activate


  • put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction", "actuate the circuits". Synonyms: actuate, set off, spark, spark off, touch off, trigger, trigger off, trip.
  • make active or more active; "activate an old file". Antonyms: inactivate.
  • make more adsorptive; "activate a metal".
  • aerate (sewage) so as to favor the growth of organisms that decompose organic matter. Synonyms: aerate.
  • make (substances) radioactive.

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Words nearby activate

activase, activated.

Rhymes with activate

abbreviate, abdicate, abrogate, accelerate, acclimate, accommodate, accumulate, acetate, adequate, adjudicate, administrate, adulate, adulterate, advocate, affiliate, agglomerate, agglutinate, aggravate, agitate, aguacate.

Start with activate

activated, activates.

End with activate

reactivate, inactivate, deactivate.

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Scrabble and Words With Friends points

  • activate is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 13 points
  • activate is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 13 points
  • activate is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 15 points
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