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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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The Safe Activation API allows a vendor website, shopping cart or custom application to interact directly with data stored in the Safe Activation server.
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.
For a Computer Unique License, the LicenseCard instantly activates the protected application on a fixed number of computers using the Internet accessible Safe Activation server.
The Safe Activation server manages the activation process, determines which devices can run the application and prevents the content from being viewed by other web browsers.
The LicenseSupport product documents a secure programming interface to the Safe Activation server.
The activation process for protected software can support manual, semi-automated or fully automated activations through an online activation server.
The vendor can generate a password for each user computer using ClickInstall or fully automate the install process with an online activation server.

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