Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

activate

 - definition
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb [transitive] activate pronunciation in American English /ˈæktɪveɪt/ 
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theyactivate
he/she/itactivates
present participleactivating
past tenseactivated
past participleactivated
  1. to make a piece of equipment or a process start working

    You can activate the system by buttons or voice recognition.

derived word

activation

 activate pronunciation in American English /ˌæktɪˈveɪʃ(ə)n/  noun [uncountable]

protologism

a new word or phrase invented in the hope that it will become generally used

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

garbage patch

a collection of debris, mostly consisting of plastic, which moves around in the sea …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog