[ verb an-uh-meyt; adjective an-uh-mit ]
/ verb 藞忙n 蓹藢me瑟t; adjective 藞忙n 蓹 m瑟t /
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Origin of animate

1375鈥1425; late Middle English animat<Latin anim膩tus filled with breath or air, quickened, animated (past participle of anim膩re). See anima, -ate1

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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.


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What does animate mean?

To animate is to make lively or give spirit to. Someone can animate a dull situation by bringing some energy to it, such as with humor, music, or anything that is associated with movement or emotion.

To animate also means to give motion to, the way a cartoonist or animator聽does with drawings. Animated media include cartoons, 3D films, video games, and visual effects.

To animate also means to motivate or to encourage to take action, as in Coach really animated the team with her pre-game speech.

Animate can be used as an adjective to mean lively or full of energy, as in Carly had an animate spirit that people liked to be around.

Animate can also mean able to move voluntarily. It can also broadly describe any living being as separate from inanimate objects, which cannot move on their own and don鈥檛 have their own will.

When animate is used as an adjective, it is pronounced as [ anuh-mit ], rather than [ anuh-meyt ], as the verb form is.

Example: I animate characters for children鈥檚 shows using a computer program.

Where does animate come from?

The first records of the term animate come from around the 1300s. It ultimately comes from the Latin anim膩re, meaning 鈥渢o fill with breath, to make alive.鈥 To animate something is to make it appear as if it were alive.

The field of animation has grown in visual quality and technique since its early days. Artists who animate no longer draw each frame individually. Animators now have complex hardware and software that allow them to manipulate characters in a three- or two-dimensional space using physics, realistic lighting effects, enhanced textures, and realistic movement. Some artists even capture the motion of real actors and then use those movements as a reference to animate characters for video games and film, as with the character of Thanos in the Avengers film series. Thanos was based on the motion of actor Josh Brolin but was almost entirely animated using computer technology.

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What are some other forms related to animate?聽

  • animated (adjective, verb)
  • animateness (noun)
  • animatingly (adverb)
  • inanimate (adjective)

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How is animate used in real life?

Animate is frequently used to discuss giving motion to pictures.


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Is animate used correctly in the following sentence?

Nila was so animated while telling her story that she danced around the room.

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British Dictionary definitions for animate


verb (藞忙n瑟藢me瑟t) (tr)
adjective (藞忙n瑟m瑟t)
being alive or having life
gay, spirited, or lively

Word Origin for animate

C16: from Latin anim膩re to fill with breath, make alive, from anima breath, spirit
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