animate[an′i māt′; for adj., -mit]
- The definition of animate is having life.
Humans, birds and reptiles are each an example of something that is animate.
- Animate is defined as to bring to life.
- An example of animate is God bringing Adam and Eve to life.
- An example of animate is to create cartoon characters for a television show.
transitive verbanimated, animating
- to give life to; bring to life
- to make energetic or spirited
- to stimulate to action or creative effort; inspire
- to give motion to; put into action: the breeze animated the leaves
- to make move so as to seem lifelike: to animate puppets
- to produce as an animated cartoon: to animate a fairy tale
Origin of animate; from Classical Latin animatus, past participle of animare, to make alive, fill with breath ; from anima: see animal
- living; having life, esp. animal life
- lively; vigorous; spirited
transitive verban·i·mat·ed, an·i·mat·ing, an·i·mates
- To give life to; fill with life: the belief that the soul animates the body.
- To impart interest or zest to; enliven: “voices animated by food, drink, and company” (Anita Desai).
- To fill with spirit, courage, or resolution: “a wave of exploratory voyages animated by a spirit of scientific inquiry” (Lincoln P. Paine).
- To inspire to action; prompt: “The merest whisper of Bothwell's death was enough to animate Mary's supporters on the Continent” (John Guy).
- To impart motion or activity to: The wind animated the surface of the lake.
- To make or depict using animation: animate a children's bedtime story.
- Possessing life; living. See Synonyms at living.
- Of or relating to animal life as distinct from plant life.
- Belonging to the class of nouns that stand for living things: The word dog is animate; the word car is inanimate.
- Frequently moving; active or vigorous: a bird with an animate tail.
Origin of animateLatin animāre, animāt-, from anima, soul; see an&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more animate, superlative most animate)
- That which lives.
- Possessing the quality or ability of motion.
- Dynamic, energetic.
- She is an engaging and animate speaker.
- (grammar, of a noun or pronoun) Having a referent that includes a human or animal.
- The English pronouns he and she are animate, while it is inanimate.
- (grammar) Inflected to agree with an animate noun or pronoun.
(third-person singular simple present animates, present participle animating, simple past and past participle animated)