Animate meaning

ăn'ə-māt'
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.

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To give life to; fill with life.

The belief that the soul animates the body.

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To impart interest or zest to; enliven.
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To fill with spirit, courage, or resolution.
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The definition of animate is having life.

Humans, birds and reptiles are each an example of something that is animate.

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To inspire to action; prompt.
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To impart motion or activity to.

The wind animated the surface of the lake.

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To make or depict using animation.

Animate a children's bedtime story.

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Possessing life; living.
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Of or relating to animal life as distinct from plant life.
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Belonging to the class of nouns that stand for living things.

The word dog is animate; the word car is inanimate.

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Frequently moving; active or vigorous.

A bird with an animate tail.

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To give life to; bring to life.
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To make energetic or spirited.
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To stimulate to action or creative effort; inspire.
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To give motion to; put into action.

The breeze animated the leaves.

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To make move so as to seem lifelike.

To animate puppets.

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To produce as an animated cartoon.

To animate a fairy tale.

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Living; having life, esp. animal life.
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Lively; vigorous; spirited.
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That which lives.
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Possessing the quality or ability of motion.
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She is an engaging and animate speaker.

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(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.

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(grammar) Inflected to agree with an animate noun or pronoun.
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To impart motion or the appearance of motion to.

If we animate the model, we can see the complexity of the action.

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To give spirit or vigour to; to stimulate or enliven; to inspirit.
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Origin of animate

  • Latin animāre animāt- from anima soul anə- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin animatus, past participle of animare (“to fill with breath, quicken, encourage, animate”), from anima (“breath”); see anima.
    From Wiktionary