[ in-an-uh-mit ]
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  1. not animate; lifeless.

  2. spiritless; sluggish; dull.

  1. Linguistics. belonging to a syntactic category or having a semantic feature that is characteristic of words denoting objects, concepts, and beings regarded as lacking perception and volition (opposed to animate).

Origin of inanimate

From the Late Latin word inanimātus, dating back to 1555–65. See in-3, animate

Other words for inanimate

Other words from inanimate

  • in·an·i·mate·ly, adverb
  • in·an·i·mate·ness, in·an·i·ma·tion [in-an-uh-mey-shuhn], /ɪnˌæn əˈmeɪ ʃən/, noun

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How to use inanimate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for inanimate


/ (ɪnˈænɪmɪt) /

  1. lacking the qualities or features of living beings; not animate: inanimate objects

  2. lacking any sign of life or consciousness; appearing dead

  1. lacking vitality; spiritless; dull

Derived forms of inanimate

  • inanimately, adverb
  • inanimateness or inanimation (ɪnˌænɪˈmeɪʃən), noun

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