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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.

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. Margaret Fuller:

    It does not follow because many books are written by persons born in America that there exists an American literature. Books which imitate or represent the thoughts and life of Europe do not constitute an American literature. Before such can exist, an original idea must animate this nation and fresh currents of life must call into life fresh thoughts along the shore.

  2. 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.

  3. Akhenaton:

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

  4. 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.

  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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    an estate where cash crops are grown on a large scale (especially in tropical areas)
    • A. aerial
    • B. trigger
    • C. humility
    • D. plantation

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