Simple Definition of animate
: having life : alive or living
Examples of animate
The lecture was about ancient worship of animate and inanimate objects.
<an animate dance routine that will really get the blood pumping>
Origin of animate
Middle English, from Latin animatus, past participle of animare to give life to, from anima breath, soul; akin to Old English ōthian to breathe, Latin animus spirit, Greek anemos wind, Sanskrit aniti he breathes
First Known Use: 15th century
Simple Definition of animate
: to make (someone or something) lively or excited
: to make (something, such as a drawing) appear to move by creating a series of drawings, pictures, etc., and showing them quickly one after another : to make (something) appear to move by using the process of animation
Full Definition of animate
1 : to give spirit and support to : encourage
2 a : to give life to b : to give vigor and zest to
3 : to move to action <a criminal animated by greed>
4 a : to make or design in such a way as to create apparently spontaneous lifelike movement <animate a cartoon> b : to produce in the form of an animated cartoon <animate a story>
Examples of animate
The writer's humor animates the novel.
The film's very realistic dinosaurs were animated on computers.
First Known Use of animate
Synonym Discussion of animate
Rhymes with animate
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ANIMATE Defined for Kids
Definition of animate
: having life
Definition of animate
1 : to give life or energy to : make alive or lively <He was surprised at the eagerness which animated the whole team … — Jack London, The Call of the Wild>
2 : to make appear to move <animate a cartoon>
Word Root of animate
The Latin word anima, meaning “breath” or “spirit,” gives us the root anim. Words from the Latin anima have something to do with having breath or spirit. An animal is a living creature that breathes and can move around on its own. To animate something is to give it breath or life. Someone magnanimous has a courageous spirit.
Medical Definition of animate
1: possessing or characterized by life
2: of or relating to animal life as opposed to plant life
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