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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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Commands can be sent to read or write specific data fields from the customer activation record stored in the Safe Activation server during the product activation process.
The activation process for protected software will support manual, semi-automated or fully automated activation through an online activation server.
Protected documents can be activated with a Serial Number using an online activation server. The Safe Activation server supports activation of Internet connected or unconnected computers, order processing and automates license management features to allow license release, restore, suspend and subscription management.
Safe Activation is an online activation server that automates the activation and licensing process for protected software, documents, plugins, web applications and other digital products.
Another way to activate Enterprise — and the method used by copies downloaded from the MSDN and TechNet subscription services — is with MAK (Multiple Activation Key), which connects with Microsoft's own activation servers.
The new support for local activation servers allows system administrators of large corporate networks to easily deploy and activate Radmin Server.

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