Animate Definition

animated, animates, animating
animated, animates, animating
To give life to; fill with life.
The belief that the soul animates the body.
American Heritage
To give life to; bring to life.
Webster's New World
To impart interest or zest to; enliven.
American Heritage
To make energetic or spirited.
Webster's New World
To fill with spirit, courage, or resolution.
American Heritage
Possessing life; living.
American Heritage
Living; having life, esp. animal life.
Webster's New World
Of or relating to animal life as distinct from plant life.
American Heritage
Lively; vigorous; spirited.
Webster's New World
Belonging to the class of nouns that stand for living things.
The word dog is animate; the word car is inanimate.
American Heritage

Origin of Animate

  • From Latin animatus, past participle of animare (“to fill with breath, quicken, encourage, animate”), from anima (“breath”); see anima.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin animāre animāt- from anima soul anə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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