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1animate

adjective an·i·mate \ˈa-nə-mət\

: having life : alive or living

Full Definition of ANIMATE

1
:  possessing or characterized by life :  alive
2
:  full of life :  animated
3
:  of or relating to animal life as opposed to plant life
4
:  referring to a living thing <an animate noun>
an·i·mate·ly adverb
an·i·mate·ness noun

Examples of ANIMATE

  1. The lecture was about ancient worship of animate and inanimate objects.
  2. <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

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate

2animate

verb an·i·mate \-ˌmāt\

: 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

an·i·mat·edan·i·mat·ing

Full Definition of ANIMATE

transitive verb
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

  1. The writer's humor animates the novel.
  2. The film's very realistic dinosaurs were animated on computers.

First Known Use of ANIMATE

15th century

Synonym Discussion of ANIMATE

quicken, animate, enliven, vivify mean to make alive or lively. quicken stresses a sudden renewal of life or activity especially in something inert <the arrival of spring quickens the earth>. animate emphasizes the imparting of motion or vitality to what is or might be mechanical or artificial <happiness animated his conversation>. enliven suggests a stimulus that arouses from dullness or torpidity <enlivened her lectures with humorous anecdotes>. vivify implies a freshening or energizing through renewal of vitality <new blood needed to vivify the dying club>.

Rhymes with ANIMATE

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ANIMATE Defined for Kids

1animate

adjective an·i·mate \ˈa-nə-mət\

Definition of ANIMATE for Kids

:  having life

2animate

verb an·i·mate \ˈa-nə-ˌmāt\
an·i·mat·edan·i·mat·ing

Definition of ANIMATE for Kids

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 Dictionary

animate

adjective an·i·mate \ˈan-ə-mət\

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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