To put into activity; move or incite to activity: as, men are actuated by motives or interests.
to create actual or genuine; carry out; perform; perform.
Synonyms Actuate, Impel, Induce, Incite, Remind, Instigate. (See impel.) To actuate is merely to phone into activity, without regard to the character for the actuating force; but it is very widely used of motives: because, the murderer was actuated by payback.
Impel, to push toward, is expressive of even more enthusiasm, haste, urgency, necessity; ergo it is along with words of matching kind, when used in combination with quieter terms it provides all of them force: as, youth impelled him.
Induce, to guide toward, is gentler up to leading is gentler than driving; it implies the effort to persuade by presenting motives, but is also used where persuasion is only figurative: since, I became at last induced to go; he was induced by my instance.
Incite, prompt, instigate are employed only when motives aside from actual power would be the actuating energy. Incite is weaker than impel and stronger than prompt; it conveys much more eagerness than impel; it indicates the urging of men toward the things of kindled feelings and usually of strong desire. Prompt is much more general with its meaning, based upon its connection for power and limitation; it is preferred for the brevity and breadth of application.
Instigate, to goad on, may also be, but erroneously, utilized of incitement to good; it ought to be utilized just where urging is toward wicked. It usually signifies that such urging is underhand, although that simple truth is sometimes clearly claimed: he had been (privately) instigated to his perfidy.