verb (used with object), an·i·mat·ed, an·i·mat·ing.
- animated cartoon,
- animated oat,
Origin of animate
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|David Freedlander|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Once, the humanist idea used to animate the very core of the university.
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|Robert Shapiro|August 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
His fingers were rubbing back and forth on the photo, as if he was trying to animate his baby back to life.
I admire his vision in his domestic affairs and the deeply Jewish values that seem to animate him.
Waller, however, judged that it would be as well to animate their courage with a few words.Salt Water|W. H. G. Kingston
As he went, his four generals parted off, to examine the forts on either hand, and to inspect and animate the militia.The Hour and the Man|Harriet Martineau
It is, then, that by which the animate differs from the inanimate.Five Stages of Greek Religion|Gilbert Murray
But as for the body, it suffers no pain when it is soulless; and even when animate it can suffer only by the soul's suffering.The City of God, Volume II|Aurelius Augustine
The want, according to the popular saying, was not of rhinoceroses to supply skins, but of courage to animate the wearers.Mythical Monsters|Charles Gould
verb (ˈænɪˌmeɪt) (tr)
Word Origin 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.)).