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 The Little Mermaid Live! (ABC at 8) Scenes from the Disney animated classic will be interspersed with live staged musical performances (drawing on the Broadway adaptation) by Auli’i Cravalho, Queen Latifah and Shaggy. Nina Zafar, Washington Post, "What to watch on Tuesday night: ‘Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby’ special on Netflix," 5 Nov. 2019 Beyond Nollywood, the film has also raised eyebrows, snagging the award for best animated short at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards in July. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Nollywood is one step closer to its first major animated cinema production," 18 Oct. 2019 There are some supernatural liberties that can be taken, for sure, in this computer animated format, but the core beliefs are in place. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Animated ‘The Addams Family’ stays true to creepy, kooky form," 10 Oct. 2019 And that’s about as close the Children’s Theatre Company adaptation comes to the familiar animated version. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Review: Don’t expect Disney at CTC’s adaptation of ‘Snow White’," 6 Oct. 2019 And all three carried the same animating spark as the Cheddar Cheezy. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Chris Madrid’s," 27 Sep. 2019 In the original movies — both the 1961 animated version and the 1996 live-action adaptation — Cruella de Vil is a rich, spoiled old lady hell bent on stealing Dalmatian puppies to create a new fur coat. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Emma Stone’s punk rock Cruella unveiled, and fans are skeptical," 26 Aug. 2019 The computer-animated action fantasy films take place in a mythical Viking world and have won a variety of awards and nominations. Michelle Martin, Detroit Free Press, "Enjoy free lakeside outdoor concerts and family movies at SummerFest 2019," 10 July 2019 The process to get an mDL in Delaware seemed simple: Download the DMV’s app, confirm your phone number, scan your physical license and then scan your face, moving side to side, to make a Harry Potter-style animated photo. Joanna Stern, WSJ, "End of the Wallet: Phone-Based Driver’s Licenses and MetroCards Are Put to the Test," 27 June 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/animates. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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