The difference between Activate and Trigger

When used as verbs, activate means to encourage development or induce increased activity, whereas trigger means to fire a weapon.

Trigger is also noun with the meaning: a finger-operated lever used to fire a gun.

check bellow for the other definitions of Activate and Trigger

  1. Activate as a verb (transitive):

    To encourage development or induce increased activity; to stimulate.

  2. Activate as a verb (transitive):

    To put a device, mechanism (alarm etc.) or system into action or motion; to trigger, to actuate, to set off, to enable.

  3. Activate as a verb (transitive, chemistry, physics):

    To render more reactive; excite.

  4. Activate as a verb (transitive, biology):

    To render a molecule reactive, active, or effective in performing its function.

  5. Activate as a verb (transitive, physics):

    To render a substance radioactive.

  6. Activate as a verb (transitive, chemistry):

    To hasten a chemical reaction, especially by heating.

  7. Activate as a verb (transitive, computing, software):

    To remove the limitations of demoware by providing a license; to unlock.

  8. Activate as a verb (transitive):

    To aerate in order to aid decomposition of organic matter.

  9. Activate as a verb (transitive, military):

    To organize or create a military unit or station.

  10. Activate as a verb (transitive, sports):

    To bring a player back after an injury.

  1. Trigger as a noun:

    A finger-operated lever used to fire a gun.


    "Just pull the trigger."

  2. Trigger as a noun:

    A similar device used to activate any mechanism.

  3. Trigger as a noun:

    An event that initiates others, or incites a response.


    "Sleeping in an unfamiliar room can be a trigger for sleepwalking."

  4. Trigger as a noun:

    A concept or image that upsets somebody.


    "I can't watch that violent film. Blood is one of my triggers."

  5. Trigger as a noun (psychology):

    An event, experience or other stimulus that initiates a traumatic memory or action in a person.

  6. Trigger as a noun (music):

    An electronic transducer allowing a drum, cymbal, etc. to control an electronic drum unit or similar device.

  7. Trigger as a noun (music):

    A device that manually lengthens (or sometimes shortens) the slide or tubing of a brass instrument, allowing the pitch range to be altered while playing.

  8. Trigger as a noun (electronics):

    A pulse in an electronic circuit that initiates some component.

  9. Trigger as a noun (databases):

    An SQL procedure that may be initiated when a record is inserted, updated or deleted; typically used to maintain referential integrity.

  10. Trigger as a noun (online gaming):

    A text string that, when received by a player, will cause the player to execute a certain command.

  11. Trigger as a noun (archaic):

    A catch to hold the wheel of a carriage on a declivity.

  1. Trigger as a verb (transitive):

    To fire a weapon.

  2. Trigger as a verb (transitive):

    To initiate something.


    "The controversial article triggered a deluge of angry letters from readers."

  3. Trigger as a verb (transitive, sensitive):

    To spark a response, especially a negative emotional response, in (someone).


    "This story contains a rape scene and may be triggering for rape victims."

  4. Trigger as a verb (intransitive, especially, electronics):

    To activate; to become active.

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