Definition of inanimate
1 : not animate:a : not endowed with life or spirit an inanimate objectb : lacking consciousness or power of motion an inanimate body
2 : not animated or lively : dull
Examples of inanimate in a Sentence
“pathetic fallacy” is the literary term for the ascription of human feelings or motives to inanimate natural elements
Recent Examples of inanimate from the Web
In the attraction’s backstory, the Collector (also known as Taneleer Tivan) has acquired a number of living, dead and inanimate objects — among them the Guardians of the Galaxy — and is displaying them for tourists.
Other kinds of animals have been reported to mistakenly try to breed with the dead, or even with inanimate objects.
As in the first Toy Story, inanimate objects are often the most impressive.
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Did You Know?
The couch you sit on while you watch TV is an inanimate object, as is your footrest, your bag of snacks, and your remote control. Spend too much time on that couch and you risk becoming a couch potato. (A potato is an inanimate object.)
Origin and Etymology of inanimate
Middle English, from Late Latin inanimatus, from Latin in- + animatus, past participle of animare to animate
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
INANIMATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inanimate for English Language Learners
: not living : not capable of life
INANIMATE Defined for Kids
Definition of inanimate for Students
: not living Stones are inanimate objects.
Medical Definition of inanimate
: not animate:a: not endowed with life or spiritb: lacking consciousness or power of motion
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