animate

adjective
an·​i·​mate | \ˈa-nə-mət \

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 | \-ˌmāt \
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 thinking that animates the conference circuit is that a place like Laguna, where attendees meet against a backdrop of heart-stopping ocher sunsets, is highly conducive to productive discourse. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "California’s Tech Titans Fight Fires of Their Own," 16 Nov. 2018 Best of all, according to PopSugar, shade inspiration comes from the real paint colors used in animating the film. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Besamé’s New Vintage Mermaid Collection Is Inspired By Our Favorite Scene From Disney’s Peter Pan," 26 Oct. 2018 YouTube The latest Disney animated classic to get the live-action remake treatment is Aladdin and the studio has finally released a first look at the movie. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The First Teaser Trailer for Disney's Live-Action 'Aladdin' Is Here," 12 Oct. 2018 Viacom and Hulu announced a deal on Monday that would make Hulu the exclusive streaming home for the original MTV animated show Daria, along with a variety of other Viacom properties. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Hulu Is the Exclusive Streaming Home for 'Daria' and Other Viacom Properties," 25 June 2018 Towering trees, wild shrubs, lush planting, and vibrant tropical flowers animate this steep, gully oasis, strewn with artifacts with spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and sparkly harbor. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Parks in Sydney," 20 Mar. 2018 Upsets and minnows may animate the party phase—the three-week, 48-match group stage—but at the business of the tournament, there is nothing but fierce competence. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "France Advances to the World Cup Final," 10 July 2018 But because of Silicon Valley’s liberal bent, companies have been particularly animated by the fear of a conservative revolt, a weakness that in some eyes has opened their platforms to manipulation in order to avoid claims of censorship. Nitasha Tiku, WIRED, "The Partisan Divide Around Censorship in Social Media," 28 June 2018 Disney has recently given audiences a wave of live-action remakes to spark old and new childhood memories, and the 1941 animated classic Dumbo will be no exception. Omar Sanchez, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Dumbo': Everything to Know About Disney's Live-Action Remake Directed by Tim Burton," 27 June 2018

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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

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

Verb

see animate entry 1

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animate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of animate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having life : alive or living

animate

verb

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 \

Kids Definition of animate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having life

animate

verb
an·​i·​mate | \ˈa-nə-ˌmāt \
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 \

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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