[ ree-an-uh-meyt ]
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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.

  1. to stimulate to renewed activity.

Origin of reanimate

First recorded in 1605–15; re- + animate

Other words from reanimate

  • re·an·i·ma·tion, noun

Words Nearby reanimate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use reanimate in a sentence

  • Dumesnil continued his efforts to reanimate his courage and to reassure him in regard to the accident of the previous night.

    Queens of the French Stage | H. Noel Williams
  • The Duke of Bedford thought it proper to disgrace her, in order to reanimate the courage of his countrymen.

  • I now hastened to reanimate Max and Browne, by communicating to them the intelligence that relief was probably at hand.

    The Island Home | Richard Archer
  • Doctor examines the dank carcase, and pronounces, not hopefully, that it is worth while trying to reanimate the same.

    Our Mutual Friend | Charles Dickens
  • The help that was approaching might well tend to reanimate them.

    Hildebrand | Anonymous

British Dictionary definitions for reanimate


/ (riːˈænɪmeɪt) /

  1. to refresh or enliven (something) again: to reanimate their enervated lives

  2. to bring back to life

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