re·​an·​i·​mate (ˌ)rē-ˈa-nə-ˌmāt How to pronounce reanimate (audio)
reanimated; reanimating; reanimates

transitive + intransitive

: to animate or become animated again: such as
: to bring (someone or something) back to life or to come back to life
As the defrosting jellyfish seemed to reanimate under the faucet's running water, the restaurant's chef asked if he should salt the boiling water.Jason Horowitz
… Nathan would sit in the kitchen … watching Eleanor smoke cigarettes and squeeze lemons into her diet Coke, of which she drank sixty ounces a day—enough, as Major Ray often declared, to reanimate a dead body.Michael Chabon
: to regain vitality or to restore vigor and zest to (someone or something)
When she reanimates, the words just spill from her, small speedy bubbles sliding under and around each other …Andrew Corsello
… serves to reanimate the old debates about the relationship between form and content …Jed Perl
reanimation noun
plural reanimations
… discusses the post-Soviet decline, fall, and reanimation of the notorious Soviet secret police agency. Roland Green
This isn't just a captivating retelling; it's a creative reanimation of these indelible characters who are still breathing down our necks across the millennia. Ron Charles

Examples of reanimate in a Sentence

the new multiplex has begun to reanimate the shabby neighborhood
Recent Examples on the Web Almost two years later, Erdogan’s presidential ambitions were reanimated through a crisis that threatened to destroy him entirely: the July 15 coup attempt. Soner Cagaptay, Foreign Affairs, 7 July 2017 Funny enough, even Drake's archenemy Kendrick Lamar reanimated Tupac for his own artistic purposes. Greg Rosalsky, NPR, 14 May 2024 What Bolton has tried to do is to reanimate these gowns with supplementary scientific (or science-lite) displays. Jason Farago, New York Times, 9 May 2024 Using a range of technologies such as X-rays, artificial intelligence, video animation and soundscapes, the curators are reanimating garments that will never be worn again. Valli Herman, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2024 They’ve been lightly edited — and reanimated — for clarity and your enjoyment. Tara Booth, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2024 Crimson founder Robert Fripp reanimated King Crimson in 1981 after a seven-year hiatus. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 1 Apr. 2024 More than from McDonagh, Calhoun is taking her inspiration from a long line of Black female novelists — from Toni Morrison to Jesmyn Ward — who reanimate the dead for the sake of the living. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2024 When the film opens, Alejandro is working at a cryogenic facility where dying people pay large sums of money to be frozen in the hope of being reanimated in the future. Elisabeth Garber-Paul, Rolling Stone, 5 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reanimate was in 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Reanimate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


transitive verb
re·​an·​i·​mate (ˈ)rē-ˈan-ə-ˌmāt How to pronounce reanimate (audio)
reanimated; reanimating
: to restore to life : revive
reanimation noun
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