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adjective an·i·mate \ˈa-nə-mət\

Definition of animate

  1. 1 :  possessing or characterized by life :  alive

  2. 2 :  full of life :  animated

  3. 3 :  of or relating to animal life as opposed to plant life

  4. 4 :  referring to a living thing <an animate noun>

animately

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animateness

noun

Examples of animate in a sentence

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

  2. <an animate dance routine that will really get the blood pumping>

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology 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


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verb an·i·mate \-ˌmāt\

Definition of animate

animated

animating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give spirit and support to :  encourage

  3. 2 a :  to give life to b :  to give vigor and zest to

  4. 3 :  to move to action <a criminal animated by greed>

  5. 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 in a sentence

  1. The writer's humor animates the novel.

  2. The film's very realistic dinosaurs were animated on computers.

15th Century

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>.

ANIMATE Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective an·i·mate \ˈa-nə-mət\

Definition of animate for English Language Learners

  • : having life : alive or living


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verb an·i·mate \-ˌmāt\

Definition of animate for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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adjective an·i·mate \ˈa-nə-mət\

Definition of animate for Students

  1. :  having life


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verb an·i·mate \ˈa-nə-ˌmāt\

Definition of animate for Students

animated

animating

  1. 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. 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

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adjective an·i·mate \ˈan-ə-mət\

Medical Definition of animate

  1. 1:  possessing or characterized by life

  2. 2:  of or relating to animal life as opposed to plant life



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