Definition of Animate

1. Verb. Heighten or intensify. "The performance is likely to animate Sue"; "These paintings exalt the imagination"

Exact synonyms: Enliven, Exalt, Inspire, Invigorate
Generic synonyms: Excite, Shake, Shake Up, Stimulate, Stir
Specialized synonyms: Encourage
Derivative terms: Exaltation, Invigoration



2. Adjective. Belonging to the class of nouns that denote living beings. "The word `dog' is animate"
Category relationships: Linguistics
Antonyms: Inanimate

3. Verb. Give lifelike qualities to. "Animated cartoons"
Exact synonyms: Animise, Animize
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Animator

4. Adjective. Endowed with animal life as distinguished from plant life. "We are animate beings"
Attributes: Aliveness, Animateness, Liveness
Derivative terms: Animateness
Antonyms: Inanimate

5. Verb. Make lively. "The performance is likely to animate Sue"; "Let's liven up this room a bit"
Exact synonyms: Enliven, Invigorate, Liven, Liven Up
Generic synonyms: Arouse, Brace, Energise, Energize, Perk Up, Stimulate
Specialized synonyms: Ginger Up, Jazz Up, Juice Up, Pep Up, Inspirit, Spirit, Spirit Up
Derivative terms: Animator, Enlivener, Invigoration, Invigoration
Antonyms: Deaden

6. Adjective. Endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness. "The living knew themselves just sentient puppets on God's stage"
Exact synonyms: Sentient
Attributes: Sentience
Similar to: Sensate
Derivative terms: Animateness, Sentience
Antonyms: Insentient

7. Verb. Give new life or energy to. "This treatment repaired my health"

Definition of Animate

1. v. t. To give natural life to; to make alive; to quicken; as, the soul animates the body.

2. a. Endowed with life; alive; living; animated; lively.

Definition of Animate

1. Adjective. That which lives. ¹

2. Adjective. Possessing the quality or ability of motion. ¹

3. Adjective. Dynamic, energetic. ¹

4. Adjective. (context: grammar of a noun or pronoun) Having a referent that includes a human or animal. ¹

5. Adjective. (context: grammar) Inflected to agree with an animate noun or pronoun. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To impart motion or the appearance of motion to. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Animate

1. to give life to [v -MATED, -MATING, -MATES]

Medical Definition of Animate

1. 1. To give natural life to; to make alive; to quicken; as, the soul animates the body. 2. To give powers to, or to heighten the powers or effect of; as, to animate a lyre. 3. To give spirit or vigor to; to stimulate or incite; to inspirit; to rouse; to enliven. "The more to animate the people, he stood on high . . . And cried unto them with a loud voice." (Knolles) Synonym: To enliven, inspirit, stimulate, exhilarate, inspire, instigate, rouse, urge, cheer, prompt, incite, quicken, gladden. Origin: L. Animatus, p. P. Of animare, fr. Anima breath, soul; akin to animus soul, mind, Gr. Wind, Skr. An to breathe, live, Goth. Us-anan to expire (us- out), Icel. Ond breath, anda to breathe, OHG. Ando anger. Cf. Animal. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Animate

animality
animalization
animalizations
animalize
animalized
animalizes
animalizing
animallike
animally
animalness
animals
animanga
animas
animastic
animat
animate (current term)
animate being
animate thing
animated
animated cartoon
animated cartoons
animated oat
animatedly
animately
animateness
animatenesses
animater
animaters
animates
animatic

Literary usage of Animate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Native Writings in Massachusett by Ives Goddard, Kathleen Joan Bragdon (1988)
"Inanimate plural participles are marked with |-eh| instead of |-ish| in at least some forms with third-person-possessed subjects or animate third person ..."

2. Introduction to Infectious and Parasitic Diseases: Including Their Cause and by Millard Langfeld (1907)
"The fourth group into which we divide animate the agents of disease is the animate ... animate agents comprise two classes, parasites and infectious agents, ..."

3. An Epitome of the Synthetic Philosophy by Frederick Howard Collins, Herbert Spencer (1889)
"THE IDEAS OF THE animate AND THE INanimate. 60. To understand the nature of the conceived distinction between the living and the not-living in the mind of ..."

4. The Elements of Political Economy by Francis Wayland (1837)
"The ADVANTAGES of inanimate over animate natural agents, are several. 1. Inanimate agents can, within a small compass, and with comparatively little weight, ..."

5. Traditional Ojibwa Religion and Its Historical Changes by Christopher Vecsey (1983)
"An animate Universe The dual souls, then, possessed dual religious functions. ... The Ojibwas believed that manitos, as well as all animate beings including ..."

6. Traditional Ojibwa Religion and Its Historical Changes by Christopher T. Vecsey (1983)
"An animate Universe The dual souls, then, possessed dual religious functions. ... The Ojibwas believed that manitos, as well as all animate beings including ..."

7. Principles of Geology: Or, The Modern Changes of the Earth and Its by Charles Lyell (1840)
"... AND OF SUDDEN REVOLUTIONS IN THE animate WORLD, CONTROVERTED. Observed facts in which this doctrine has originated — These may be equally explained by ..."

8. A Treatise on the Law of Bailments: Including Carriers, Innkeepers, and Pledge by James Schouler (1887)
"Whether the action of animate nature to the injury of goods may ever excuse a ... It appears to this writer that unforeseen injury caused by animate nature ..."

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