[verb an-uh-meyt; adjective an-uh-mit]

verb (used with object), an·i·mat·ed, an·i·mat·ing.


Nearby words

  1. animalist,
  2. animalistic,
  3. animality,
  4. animalize,
  5. animally,
  6. animated,
  7. animated cartoon,
  8. animated oat,
  9. animately,
  10. animatic

Origin of animate

1375–1425; late Middle English animat < Latin animātus filled with breath or air, quickened, animated (past participle of animāre). See anima, -ate1

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Synonym study

2. Animate, invigorate, stimulate mean to enliven. To animate is to create a liveliness: Health and energy animated his movements. To invigorate means to give physical vigor, to refresh, to exhilarate: Mountain air invigorates. To stimulate is to arouse a latent liveliness on a particular occasion: Caffeine will stimulate you and keep you alert. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for animate


verb (ˈænɪˌmeɪt) (tr)

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

adjective (ˈænɪmɪt)

being alive or having life
gay, spirited, or lively

Word Origin for animate

C16: from Latin animāre to fill with breath, make alive, from anima breath, spirit

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Word Origin and History for animate
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