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Sample sentences for the GRE study word actuate

actuate can be used as a verb

1.Heathcliff may have entirely dissimilar reasons for keeping his hand out of the way when he meets a would-be acquaintance, to those which actuate me. - from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
2."A new generation is growing up in our midst, a generation actuated by new ideas and new principles. - from Dubliners by James Joyce
3.Similarly, because actuated by a secret purpose the quest of a new mal. - from Ulysses by James Joyce
4.'Twas mere folly that actuated you both to risk your lives on the ocean. - from Beowulf by
5.When actuated by selfish and vicious motives, I asked you to undertake my unfinished work, and I renew this request now, when I am only induced by reason and virtue. - from Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
6.Elizabeth, though expecting no less, thanked him with tears of gratitude and all three being actuated by one spirit, everything relating to their journey was speedily settled. - from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
7.Both men were pleading the same cause of justice, and were actuated by the same high ideals. - from English Literature by William J. Long
8.Lynde's that evening, was actuated by any motive save her avowed one of returning the quilting frames she had borrowed the preceding winter, it was an amiable weakness shared by most of the Avonlea people. - from Anne Of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
9.For at bottom--so he told me--he was actuated by a profound desire to learn among the Christians, the arts whereby to make his people still happier than they were and more than that, still better than they were. - from Moby Dick; or The Whale by Herman Melville
10.d'Epinay, if he is an honorable man, will consider himself more than ever pledged to Mademoiselle de Villefort, unless he were actuated by a decided feeling of avarice, but that is impossible.. - from The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, Pere

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