activar

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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to make function)
a. to activate
Presiona el botón azul para activar el dispositivo inalámbrico.Press the blue button to activate the wireless device.
b. to trigger
El terrorista activó la bomba a distancia.The terrorist triggered the bomb remotely.
c. to set off (alarm)
El gato activó la alarma de la casa.The cat set off the house alarm.
2. (to boost)
a. to stimulate
El gobierno busca activar la economía y crear nuevos puestos de trabajo.The government seeks to stimulate the economy and create new jobs.
3. (fire)
a. to stoke
El maquinista activó el fuego con el fuelle.The machinist stoked the fire with the bellows.
4. (chemistry)
a. to activate
El aumento de calcio activa la enzima.An increase in calcium activates the enzyme.
activarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
5. (to start functioning)
a. to go off
La alarma contra incendios se activó porque alguien prendió un cigarrillo dentro del edificio.The fire alarm went off because somebody lit a cigarette inside the building.
b. to activate
El sistema de seguridad se activa automaticamente.The security system activates automatically.
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activar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (alarma, mecanismo)
a. to activate
2. (explosivo)
a. to detonate
3. (economía)
a. to stimulate
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activar
transitive verb
(poner en marcha) to activate; [+trabajo] to expedite; speed up; hurry along; [+fuego] to brighten up; poke; [+mercado] to stimulate;
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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