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actuate
used in David Copperfield

2 uses
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Definition put in motion or move to act
  • When you talk of Mr. Murdstone's good intentions, and pretend to slight them (for I don't believe you really do, in your heart, Peggotty), you must be as well convinced as I am how good they are, and how they actuate him in everything.
    Chapters 7-9 (57% in)
  • 'As I have mentioned to Miss Trotwood, I am actuated by no mercenary considerations; few men are less so, I believe; but Mr. Jorkins has his opinions on these subjects, and I am bound to respect Mr. Jorkins's opinions.
    Chapters 22-24 (72% in)

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