verb (used with object), re·an·i·mat·ed, re·an·i·mat·ing.

to restore to life; resuscitate.
to give fresh vigor, spirit, or courage to.
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. 2019

Examples from the Web for reanimate

Historical Examples of reanimate

  • Some of the clergy seized on this circumstance to reanimate the Crusaders.

  • Their leaders in vain endeavoured to reanimate their courage.

    On the Irrawaddy

    G. A. Henty

  • Then one day to his great joy, she began to reanimate herself a little.

    Dodo Wonders

    E. F. Benson

  • The help that was approaching might well tend to reanimate them.



  • In this—the king has left me almost master, to kill or reanimate the League.

    Chicot the Jester

    Alexandre Dumas, Pere

British Dictionary definitions for reanimate


verb (tr)

to refresh or enliven (something) againto reanimate their enervated lives
to bring back to life
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