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Definition to make a machine work or cause someone to act
  • What motive actuated Bigger Thomas?
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • A farmer, a hunter, a soldier, a reporter, even a philosopher, may be daunted; but nothing can deter a poet, for he is actuated by pure love.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Perhaps his sense of fairness actuated him once more, for he ordered Shady and Moze out to do their share.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • In this he was actuated by a sense of duty; he had to look after Stein's business, he said.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • It was self, self, all self that had actuated her.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • And though his questions were unpleasantly blunt, they seemed actuated by a friendly interest.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • There were duty here and pity and unselfish love, but these alone did not actuate Shefford.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • I assure your ladyship I am not actuated by any motives of that sort," says Mr. Guppy, "and I couldn't accept anything of the kind.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The value of the gold appeared to be fifteen dollars to the ounce, but the real value of money did not actuate the gamblers.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • The pilots input the flight plan and the load sheet through the MCDU keyboards, and all en route flight-plan changes are also actuated with the McDoos.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • Nothing in the realm of life was self-actuated or even poorly actuated from that point on.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Whether she was really an agent of the Thought Police, or simply an amateur spy actuated by officiousness, hardly mattered.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • "Majesty, whatever actuated you, it was a stroke of diplomacy," replied her brother.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • Nevertheless I cannot believe that all those who practise virtue from religious motives are only actuated by the hope of a recompense.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • No, it be an actuated magic word.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • Human groups are actuated by their group ideals, and these are always based on the infantile situation.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • She did not believe that Tull had been actuated solely by his minister's zeal to save her soul.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • Can he, when nearest to honesty (no human is ever very near), feel fully convinced that he actuated wholly by the desire to obey the Enemy?
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • The militia of Pennsylvania seem to be actuated with a spirit more than Roman.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Mrs. Penniman, who was shocked at her sister's coarseness, replied that he had been actuated by the noblest of motives—the desire not to impoverish Catherine.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square

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