animate

adjective
an·​i·​mate | \ ˈa-nə-mət How to pronounce animate (audio) \

Definition of animate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

animate

verb
an·​i·​mate | \ ˈa-nə-ˌmāt How to pronounce animate (audio) \
animated; animating

Definition of animate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to give spirit and support to : encourage
2a : to give life to
b : to give vigor and zest to
3 : to move to action a criminal animated by greed
4a : 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

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Other Words from animate

Adjective

animately adverb
animateness noun

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Verb

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

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The Latin word anima meaning “breath, soul” that gave us “animal” has given us other words. The English adjective animate meaning “alive” comes from the Latin verb animare, meaning “to give life to,” which in turn came from anima. A characteristic of animals is their ability to move. When a cartoon is drawn and filmed in such a way that lifelike movement is produced, it is animated. An animated film seems to have a life of its own.

Examples of animate in a Sentence

Adjective The lecture was about ancient worship of animate and inanimate objects. an animate dance routine that will really get the blood pumping Verb The writer's humor animates the novel. The film's very realistic dinosaurs were animated on computers.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Both distinguish between an animate direct object and an inanimate one. The Economist, "JohnsonThe painful origins of many creole languages," 1 Feb. 2018 The goal is to persuade the public to look at these landmarks with new eyes, almost viewing them as animate characters with feelings and backstories instead of just objects to walk past. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Dublin's Statues Will Now Call Your Cell Phone," 17 Oct. 2017 Several people have stories about more animate luggage. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "That Time the TSA Found a Scientist’s 3-D-Printed Mouse Penis," 23 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Wind and rain animated the bright-yellow flannel bushes on the hillside. Ben Santer, Scientific American, "Ignoring Science during a Pandemic Is Poor Leadership," 19 May 2020 They are animated less by a system of thought than by a web of benevolent notions and vague aspirations. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "It’s Time to Build a Better Political Culture," 29 Apr. 2020 That same anti-government impulse is now animating the group's campaign against coronavirus precautions. Anchorage Daily News, "The anti-quarantine protests seem spontaneous. But behind the scenes, a powerful network is helping.," 22 Apr. 2020 The official Clue app, available through the App Store, Google Play and Steam, is richly animated and simple to use. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "Twelve Board Games You Can Play With Friends From Afar," 20 Apr. 2020 Beyoncé stars as the lioness Nala in Disney’s remake of the 1994 animated classic. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Duchess Meghan meets Queen Bey at ‘The Lion King’ premiere," 14 July 2019 The book-collecting and -selling impulse animates an entertaining group of mostly self-deprecating mavericks who are a joy to follow through their groaning shelves. The Economist, "The secret—and surprising—world of rare books," 27 Apr. 2020 Her voice is consistently lined with the same animated, melodic bubbliness of a TWICE song. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Jihyo of TWICE’s Career Has Been 15 Years in the Making," 14 Apr. 2020 In the years that followed, a new wave of leaders took over the transit agency, many of them animated by social and environmental justice issues. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Lateefah Simon leading BART’s board on different track," 18 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of animate

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for animate

Adjective and Verb

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

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The first known use of animate was in the 14th century

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“Animate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/animate. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for animate

animate

adjective
How to pronounce animate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of animate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : having life : alive or living

animate

verb
How to pronounce animate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of animate (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

animate

adjective
an·​i·​mate | \ ˈa-nə-mət How to pronounce animate (audio) \

Kids Definition of animate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having life

animate

verb
an·​i·​mate | \ ˈa-nə-ˌmāt How to pronounce animate (audio) \
animated; animating

Kids Definition of animate (Entry 2 of 2)

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

animate

adjective
an·​i·​mate | \ ˈan-ə-mət How to pronounce animate (audio) \

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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