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animate

[ verb an-uh-meyt; adjective an-uh-mit ]
/ verb ˈæn əˌmeɪt; adjective ˈæn ə mɪt /
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verb (used with object), an·i·mat·ed, an·i·mat·ing.

adjective

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RELATED WORDS

inspire, energize, enliven, excite, exalt, hearten, living, live, breathing, moving, spirited, animated, alert, activated, activate, move, arouse, vivify, quicken, incite

Nearby words

animalist, animalistic, animality, animalize, animally, animate, animated, animated cartoon, animated oat, animately, 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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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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British Dictionary definitions for animate

animate


verb (ˈænɪˌmeɪt) (tr)

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012