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activate

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishactivateac‧tiv‧ate /ˈæktɪveɪt/ verb [transitive] technical  SWITCH ON OR OFFto make an electrical system or chemical process start working opp deactivate Cooking fumes may activate the alarm. The yeast’s growth is activated by sugar and warmth.activation /ˌæktəˈveɪʃən/ noun [uncountable]RegisterIn everyday English, people usually use set off rather than activate when talking about electrical systems:Someone has set off the smoke alarm again.→ See Verb table
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activateThe bomb's firing mechanism is activated by a time-clock.The manufacture of chlorophyll in plants is activated by sunlight.The process is activated by sunlight.Melanin producing cells in our bodies are activated by ultraviolet light from the sun and can have a protective effect.In certain rare circumstances, these vaccines could activate disease.To be completely safe, he activated his automatic call-signal which would be picked up on the ground.The different ways in which superantigens activate T cells casts light on the pathogenesis of infectious disease.The stun gun was applied to parts of her naked body and activated, the jury was told.The smoke activated the sprinkler system.Then, their ears protected against the piercing whine, they activated the suction pump.Room keys activate the temperature controls and turn on an entry light, so guests never enter a dark room.Baking powder contains its own built-in acid, so it can be activated with just heat and liquid.
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Verb table
activate
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyactivate
he, she, itactivates
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyactivated
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave activated
he, she, ithas activated
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad activated
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill activate
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have activated
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam activating
he, she, itis activating
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you, we, theyare activating
Past
I, he, she, itwas activating
you, we, theywere activating
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been activating
he, she, ithas been activating
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been activating
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be activating
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been activating
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