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verb (used with object), re·an·i·mat·ed, re·an·i·mat·ing.
  1. to restore to life; resuscitate.
  2. to give fresh vigor, spirit, or courage to.
  3. to stimulate to renewed activity.

Origin of reanimate

First recorded in 1605–15; re- + animate
Related formsre·an·i·ma·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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verb (tr)
  1. to refresh or enliven (something) againto reanimate their enervated lives
  2. to bring back to life
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Word Origin and History for re-animate

also reanimate, 1610s, in spiritual and physical sense, from re- "back, again" + animate (v.) "to endow with life." Related: Reanimated; reanimating.

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