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used in 1776

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to make a machine work or cause someone to act
  • I rather think it is a mistake than a settled resolution in General Howe to act a part so unworthy [of] himself and the British nation, but give me leave to assure his excellency that actuated by the most glorious cause that mankind ever fought in, I am determined to defend this post to the very last extremity.
    p. 239.8

There are no more uses of "actuate" in 1776.

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