activate activate  /ˈæk tə ˌveɪt/


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

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  1. Understanding how to override the microRNA could allow scientists to activate the virus and then kill it using acyclovir.
  2. Studies show that any training generates a backlash and that mandatory diversity training in particular may even activate a bias.
  3. There's even a video chat feature built in that lets kids activate their webcams.


  1. Mariners activate Gutierrez, place Morse on DL

    Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Outfielder Franklin Gutierrez was activated from the 60-day disabled list and the team placed outfielder Michael Morse on the 15-day DL on Saturday.
    on June 23, 2013     Source: WGRZ-TV Buffalo

  2. Mariners activate Gutierrez from 60-day DL

    SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners activated outfielder Franklin Gutierrez from the 60-day disabled list and placed outfielder/first baseman Mike Morse on the 15-day disabled list with a right quad injury.
    on June 23, 2013     Source: The Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports

  3. Royals activate OF Dyson, send Getz to Triple-A

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals created a logjam in the outfield and shortage of depth across the infield on Saturday when they activated outfielder Jarrod Dyson from the disabled list and sent second baseman Chris Getz to Triple-A Omaha.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: The Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports

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  1. "All countries should immediately now activate their pandemic preparedness plans," WHO chief Margaret Chan said as she raised the alert to five on a scale of six following WHO health expert talks in Geneva.
    on Apr 28, 2009 By: Margaret Chan Source: AFP

  2. "I do believe that launching major military operations against Al-Qaeda is no longer needed and that there is a need to activate the intelligence side," Al-Bolani said in an interview at his office in a former Saddam Hussein palace on the edge...
    on Mar 15, 2009 By: Jawad al-Bolani Source: Arab News

  3. "There are political forces who welcome the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, but there are also fears from other forces of the possibility that militias and al-Qaida might activate again and ...... some neighboring countries would snatch...
    on Sep 5, 2008 By: Izzadine Saleem Source: FOXNews

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