activate etymology

English word activate comes from English active, English -ule ((rare, scientific) Diminutive suffix.)

Detailed word origin of activate

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
active English (eng) A person or thing that is acting or capable of acting. (gay sexual slang) (of a homosexual man) enjoying a role in anal sex in which he penetrates, rather than being penetrated by his partner.. (heading, grammar) About verbs.. (specifically, of a volcano) Being an active volcano. Compare extinct and dormant. Applied to a form of the verb; — opposed to passive. See active voice.. Applied to [...]
-ule English (eng) (rare, scientific) Diminutive suffix.
activate English (eng) (transitive) To put into action; to put to work.. (transitive) To turn on (an electrical device).

Words with the same origin as activate

Descendants of active
activist interaction
Descendants of -ule
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