- to give life to; make alive: God animated the dust.
- to make lively, vivacious, or vigorous; give zest or spirit to: Her presence animated the party.
- to fill with courage or boldness; encourage: to animate weary troops.
- to move or stir to action; motivate: He was animated by religious zeal.
- to give motion to: leaves animated by a breeze.
- to render or produce (a story, character, movie, etc.) by using animation: to animate a children's story;to animate the characters in a video game;an animated film.
- alive; possessing life: animate creatures.
- lively: an animate expression of joy.
- of or relating to animal life.
- able to move voluntarily.
- Linguistics. belonging to a syntactic category or having a semantic feature that is characteristic of words denoting beings regarded as having perception and volition (opposed to inanimate).
Origin of animate
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Examples from the Web for animate
It is the economic questions—about the gap between rich and poor—that animate the party now.Andrew Cuomo Can't Ignore It Now: He's Weak Even at Home
September 10, 2014
Once, the humanist idea used to animate the very core of the university.Can Higher Education Really Save Our Humanity?
February 1, 2014
Investors clearly believe in the value of patents and the inventions they animate.New Calculations of U.S. GDP Finally Take Research and Development Into Account
August 2, 2013
His fingers were rubbing back and forth on the photo, as if he was trying to animate his baby back to life.A Personal Plea for Gun Control
April 10, 2013
I admire his vision in his domestic affairs and the deeply Jewish values that seem to animate him.Obama: Come Visit The Settlements
March 21, 2013
It was an animate statue to the excellence of good, clean living.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
But willingly would I breathe a soul to animate your timidity.Imogen
The life here, if not animate, is at least intelligent—and it is not friendly.The Issahar Artifacts
Jesse Franklin Bone
No sound escaped her lips; no thought for herself or for others seemed to animate her.The Scapegoat
She is nevertheless in the body, and continues to animate it, but she perceives not her own action.The Phantom World
- to give life to or cause to come alive
- to make lively; enliven
- to encourage or inspire
- to impart motion to; move to action or work
- to record on film or video tape so as to give movement toan animated cartoon
- being alive or having life
- gay, spirited, or lively
Word Origin and History for animate
1530s, "to fill with boldness or courage," from Latin animatus past participle of animare "give breath to," also "to endow with a particular spirit, to give courage to," from anima "life, breath" (see animus). Sense of "give life to" in English attested from 1742. Related: Animated; animating.
"alive," late 14c., from Latin animatus (see animate (v.)).