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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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  • You know better about this than I do, and can better judge of the cause of the re-animation of the man.

    American Prisoners of the Revolution

    Danske Dandridge

British Dictionary definitions for re-animation


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-animation


also reanimation, 1777, from re- + animation.

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