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ˈæn əˌmeɪt; -mɪtan·i·mate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. animateadjective

    belonging to the class of nouns that denote living beings

    "the word `dog' is animate"

  2. animateadjective

    endowed with animal life as distinguished from plant life

    "we are animate beings"

  3. sentient, animateverb

    endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness

    "the living knew themselves just sentient puppets on God's stage"- T.E.Lawrence

  4. inspire, animate, invigorate, enliven, exaltverb

    heighten or intensify

    "These paintings exalt the imagination"

  5. animize, animise, animateverb

    give lifelike qualities to

    "animated cartoons"

  6. enliven, liven, liven up, invigorate, animateverb

    make lively

    "let's liven up this room a bit"

  7. animate, recreate, reanimate, revive, renovate, repair, quicken, vivify, revivifyverb

    give new life or energy to

    "A hot soup will revive me"; "This will renovate my spirits"; "This treatment repaired my health"


  1. animateverb

    To impart motion or the appearance of motion to.

    If we animate the model, we can see the complexity of the action.

  2. animateadjective

    That which lives.

  3. animateadjective

    Possessing the quality or ability of motion.

  4. animateadjective

    Dynamic, energetic.

    She is an engaging and animate speaker.

  5. animateadjective

    Having a referent that includes a human or animal.

    The English pronouns he and she are animate, while it is inanimate.

  6. animateadjective

    Inflected to agree with an animate noun or pronoun.

  7. Etymology: From animatus, past participle of animare, from anima; see anima.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Animateadjective

    Alive; possessing animal life.

    Etymology: from To animate.

    All bodies have spirits and pneumatical parts within them; but the main differences between animate and inanimate, are two: the first is, that the spirit of things animate are all contained within themselves, and are branched in veins and secret canals, as blood is; and, in living creatures, the spirits have not only branches, but certain cells or seats, where the principal spirits do reside, and whereunto the rest do resort: but the spirits in things inanimate are shut in, and cut off by the tangible parts, and are not pervious one to another, as air is in snow. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 601.

    Nobler birth
    Of creatures animate with gradual life,
    Of growth, sense, reason, all summ’d up in man. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ix. l. 112.

    There are several topicks there used against the atheism and idolatry of the heathens; such as the visible marks of divine wisdom and goodness in the works of the creation, the vital union of souls with matter, and the admirable structure of animate bodies, and the like. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

  2. To ANIMATEverb

    Etymology: animo, Lat.

    But none, ah! none can animate the lyre,
    And the mute strings with vocal souls inspire;
    Whether the learn’d Minerva be her theme,
    Or chaste Diana bathing in the stream;
    None can record their heav’nly praise so well
    As Helen, in whose eyes ten thousand Cupids dwell. Dryd.

    The more to animate the people, he stood on high, from whence he might be best heard, and cried unto them with a loud voice. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.


  1. animate

    Animation is a method by which still figures are manipulated to appear as moving images. In traditional animation, images are drawn or painted by hand on transparent celluloid sheets to be photographed and exhibited on film. Today, most animations are made with computer-generated imagery (CGI). Computer animation can be very detailed 3D animation, while 2D computer animation (which may have the look of traditional animation) can be used for stylistic reasons, low bandwidth, or faster real-time renderings. Other common animation methods apply a stop motion technique to two- and three-dimensional objects like paper cutouts, puppets, or clay figures. A cartoon is an animated film, usually a short film, featuring an exaggerated visual style. The style takes inspiration from comic strips, often featuring anthropomorphic animals, superheroes, or the adventures of human protagonists. Especially with animals that form a natural predator/prey relationship (e.g. cats and mice, coyotes and birds), the action often centers on violent pratfalls such as falls, collisions, and explosions that would be lethal in real life. The illusion of animation—as in motion pictures in general—has traditionally been attributed to the persistence of vision and later to the phi phenomenon and/or beta movement, but the exact neurological causes are still uncertain. The illusion of motion caused by a rapid succession of images that minimally differ from each other, with unnoticeable interruptions, is a stroboscopic effect. While animators traditionally used to draw each part of the movements and changes of figures on transparent cels that could be moved over a separate background, computer animation is usually based on programming paths between key frames to maneuver digitally created figures throughout a digitally created environment. Analog mechanical animation media that rely on the rapid display of sequential images include the phénakisticope, zoetrope, flip book, praxinoscope, and film. Television and video are popular electronic animation media that originally were analog and now operate digitally. For display on computers, technology such as the animated GIF and Flash animation were developed. In addition to short films, feature films, television series, animated GIFs, and other media dedicated to the display of moving images, animation is also prevalent in video games, motion graphics, user interfaces, and visual effects. The physical movement of image parts through simple mechanics—for instance moving images in magic lantern shows—can also be considered animation. The mechanical manipulation of three-dimensional puppets and objects to emulate living beings has a very long history in automata. Electronic automata were popularized by Disney as animatronics.


  1. animate

    Animate refers to something that possesses life, is alive, or has the ability to move on its own. Generally, it is used to describe living beings such as humans, animals, and plants. Additionally, in the context of art, film or computer graphics, "animate" can refer to the process of creating the illusion of movement through a series of images or frames.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Animateverb

    to give natural life to; to make alive; to quicken; as, the soul animates the body

  2. Animateverb

    to give powers to, or to heighten the powers or effect of; as, to animate a lyre

  3. Animateverb

    to give spirit or vigor to; to stimulate or incite; to inspirit; to rouse; to enliven

  4. Animateadjective

    endowed with life; alive; living; animated; lively

  5. Etymology: [L. animatus, p. p.]


  1. Animate

    Animate Ltd. is the retailing arm of MOVIC and is the largest retailer of anime, games, and manga in Japan. The first and headquarters store of Animate opened in 1983 and is located in Ikebukuro, a district in Tokyo, Japan.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Animate

    an′im-āt, v.t. to give life to: to enliven or inspirit: to actuate.—adj. living: possessing animal life.—adj. An′imated, lively: full of spirit: endowed with life.—adv. Animat′edly.—p.adj. An′imating.—adv. Animat′ingly.—ns. Animā′tion, liveliness: vigour; An′imator, he who, or that which, animates. [See Animal.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. animate

    The giving power or encouragement.--To animate a battery, to place guns in its embrasures.--To animate a needle, to magnetize it.--To animate the crew in various ways for any special duty.

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  1. amentia

  2. aminate

  3. anamite

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of animate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of animate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of animate in a Sentence

  1. Erich Fromm:

    The aim of sadism is to transform a man into a thng, something animate into something inanimate, since by complete and absolute control the living loses one essential quality of life-freedom.

  2. Brad Todd:

    That doesn't mean that a party can't win. some of those primaries will animate elements of their base, including some donors, more than the general elections.

  3. Akhenaton:

    In all thy undertakings, let a reasonable assurance animate thy endeavors if thou despairest of success, thou shalt not succeed.

  4. Brian Cathcart:

    What they may have lost in print circulation they have made up for in social media clout and influence over politicians, they animate and direct the mob day by day and hour by hour.

  5. Amos Bronson Alcott:

    Our notion of the perfect society embraces the family as its center and ornament, and this paradise is not secure until children appear to animate and complete the picture.

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