- 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.
- 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: ; 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
- animateness noun
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transitive verb an·i·mat·ed, an·i·mat·ing, an·i·mates
- To give life to; fill with life.
- To impart interest or zest to; enliven: “The party was animated by all kinds of men and women” (René Dubos).
- To fill with spirit, courage, or resolution; encourage. See Synonyms at encourage.
- To inspire to action; prompt.
- To impart motion or activity to.
- To make, design, or produce (a cartoon, for example) so as to create the illusion of motion.
- 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.
Origin: Latin animāre, animāt-, from anima, soul; see anə- in Indo-European roots.
- anˈi·ma·cy noun