reanimate

verb re·an·i·mate \ (ˌ)rē-ˈa-nə-ˌmāt \

Definition of reanimate

reanimated; reanimating; reanimates
transitive + intransitive
: to animate or become animated again: such as
a : 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
b : 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

play \(ˌ)rē-ˌa-nə-ˈmā-shən\ 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

First Known Use of reanimate

1611

in the meaning defined above

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reanimate

transitive verb re·an·i·mate \ (ˈ)rē-ˈan-ə-ˌmāt \

medical Definition of reanimate

reanimated; reanimating
: to restore to life : revive

reanimation

play \-ˌan-ə-ˈmā-shən\ noun

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