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activate

[′ak·tə‚vāt]
(electricity)
To make a cell or battery operative by addition of a liquid.
(electronics)
To treat the filament, cathode, or target of a vacuum tube to increase electron emission.
(engineering)
To set up conditions so that the object will function as designed or required.
(nucleonics)
To induce radioactivity through bombardment by neutrons or by other types of radiation.
(ordnance)
To bring into existence by official order a unit, post, camp, station, base, or shore activity which has previously been constituted and designated by name or number, or both, so that it can be organized to function in its assigned capacity.
To prepare for active service a naval ship or craft which has been in an inactive or reserve status.
(physics)
To start activity or motion in a device or material.

activate

(1) See trigger.

(2) To interact with an activation server at the time copy-protected software is installed. The install program generates a code that is sent to the activation server, which responds with an authorization code that allows the software to operate. Without the authorization code, the software generally times out.
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A breakdown of tablet activation since late 2011 reveals:
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The integrated solution from 3Com Carrier Networks and Paradyne addresses a major problem facing broadband service providers: how to speed the DSL service activation process.
GERS @ctivate greatly improves customer service by significantly reducing the wait time associated with the purchase and activation of new wireless, wireline, and cable service.
By integrating the activation process into one easy step, @ctivate cuts the wait time for new service activation by 50 to 60 percent," said Rich Harmatiuk, vice president of product management for GERS.
By eliminating its dedicated phone/fax lines, USCI expects to significantly reduce the costs formerly associated with the activation of wireless products and other company services.
As the expansion of Ameritel continues, the enhanced activation process will be put into place in those locations as well.
Hahn said that the company's USPSI subsidiary "will provide the retailer and consumer 24-hour pager activation every day of the week.
Through its subsidiaries, it provides credit review, wireless service rate plans and activation, wireless coverage and cycle account billing to consumers of pagers, cellular phones and personal communication systems (PCS).

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