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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.
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Origin of reanimate

First recorded in 1605–15; re- + animate
Related formsre·an·i·ma·tion, noun
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Related Words for re-animate

enroll, engage, raise, enlist, draft, mobilize, improve, select, rejuvenate, reinvigorate, revive, replenish, exhilarate, stimulate, cool, invigorate, recreate, reproduce, reconstruct, reestablish

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Historical Examples of re-animate

  • No renaissance of humanism, no witchcraft of poetry can re-animate them.

    The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Galatians

    G. G. Findlay

  • In pronouncing these words they seem to invoke history and to re-animate the dead.

  • This naughty animal has just carried off a little pigeon that I was trying to re-animate by the corner of the fire.

  • The support seemed to re-animate the fainting maiden, her head drooping on his shoulder.

  • For some minutes he continued his efforts to re-animate Francis Eversleigh, but without avail.

British Dictionary definitions for re-animate


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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