Antonyms of verb activate

1 of 5 senses of activate

Sense 2
activate -- (make active or more active; "activate an old file")
       Antonym of inactivate (Sense 2)
      => inactivate, deactivate -- (make inactive; "they deactivated the file")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb activate

5 senses of activate

Sense 1
trip, actuate, trigger, activate, set off, spark off, spark, trigger off, touch off -- (put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits")
       => initiate, pioneer -- (take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of; "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants")

Sense 2
activate -- (make active or more active; "activate an old file")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 3
activate -- (make more adsorptive; "activate a metal")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 4
activate, aerate -- (aerate (sewage) so as to favor the growth of organisms that decompose organic matter)
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 5
activate -- (make (substances) radioactive)
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Antonyms of adj activated

4 senses of activated

Sense 1
activated -- ((of sewage) treated with aeration and bacteria to aid decomposition)

INDIRECT (VIA treated) -> untreated -- (not subjected to chemical or physical treatment; "an untreated fabric")

Sense 2
activated, excited -- ((of e.g. a molecule) made reactive or more reactive)

INDIRECT (VIA reactive) -> unreactive -- ((chemistry) not reacting chemically)

Sense 3
activated -- (rendered active; e.g. rendered radioactive or luminescent or photosensitive or conductive)

INDIRECT (VIA active) -> inactive -- (not exerting influence or change)

Sense 4
activated -- ((military) set up and placed on active assignment; "a newly activated unit")

INDIRECT (VIA active) -> inactive -- (not engaged in full-time work; "inactive reserve"; "an inactive member")

Similarity of adj activated

4 senses of activated

Sense 1
activated -- ((of sewage) treated with aeration and bacteria to aid decomposition)
       => treated (vs. untreated) -- (subjected to a physical (or chemical) treatment or action or agent; "the sludge of treated sewage can be used as fertilizer"; "treated timbers resist rot"; "treated fabrics resist wrinkling")

Sense 2
activated, excited -- ((of e.g. a molecule) made reactive or more reactive)
       => reactive (vs. unreactive) -- (participating readily in reactions; "sodium is a reactive metal"; "free radicals are very reactive")

Sense 3
activated -- (rendered active; e.g. rendered radioactive or luminescent or photosensitive or conductive)
       => active (vs. inactive) -- (exerting influence or producing a change or effect; "an active ingredient")

Sense 4
activated -- ((military) set up and placed on active assignment; "a newly activated unit")
       => active (vs. inactive) -- (engaged in full-time work; "active duty"; "though past retirement age he is still active in his profession")

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