What does animate mean?

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ˈæn əˌmeɪt; -mɪtan·i·mate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. animate(adj)

    belonging to the class of nouns that denote living beings

    "the word `dog' is animate"

  2. animate(adj)

    endowed with animal life as distinguished from plant life

    "we are animate beings"

  3. sentient, animate(verb)

    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, exalt(verb)

    heighten or intensify

    "These paintings exalt the imagination"

  5. animize, animise, animate(verb)

    give lifelike qualities to

    "animated cartoons"

  6. enliven, liven, liven up, invigorate, animate(verb)

    make lively

    "let's liven up this room a bit"

  7. animate, recreate, reanimate, revive, renovate, repair, quicken, vivify, revivify(verb)

    give new life or energy to

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


  1. animate(Verb)

    To impart motion or the appearance of motion to.

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

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

  2. animate(Adjective)

    That which lives.

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

  3. animate(Adjective)

    Possessing the quality or ability of motion.

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

  4. animate(Adjective)

    Dynamic, energetic.

    She is an engaging and animate speaker.

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

  5. animate(Adjective)

    Having a referent that includes a human or animal.

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

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

  6. animate(Adjective)

    Inflected to agree with an animate noun or pronoun.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Animate(verb)

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

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

  2. Animate(verb)

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

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

  3. Animate(verb)

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

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

  4. Animate(adj)

    endowed with life; alive; living; animated; lively

    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.

Anagrams for animate »

  1. aminate

  2. amentia

How to pronounce animate?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say animate in sign language?

  1. animate


  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. Adam Valdez:

    We do a lot of painstaking research into how real animals move, how their muscles and skin behave ... and then in the computer, we recreate all these things, an artist, like an animator, has to sit down and actually hand animate that eye, hand animate that face so that every little subtle nuance is represented.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Brad Todd:

    Some of those primaries will animate elements of their base, including some donors, more than the general elections.

  5. Akhenaton:

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

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