What does animate mean?

animate meaning in General Dictionary

Endowed with life alive living animated vibrant

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  • to offer all-natural life to in order to make live to quicken as heart animates the human body
  • belonging to the course of nouns that denote residing beings
  • endowed with animal life as distinguished from plant life
  • heighten or intensify
  • endowed with feeling and unstructured awareness
  • make lively
  • give realistic attributes to
  • give new life or energy to
  • to offer natural life to; to make alive; to quicken; as, the heart animates your body.
  • to provide capabilities to, or even to heighten the powers or effect of; since, to animate a lyre.
  • to provide character or vigor to; to stimulate or incite; to inspirit; to rouse; to enliven.
  • Endowed with life; live; residing; animated; vibrant.

animate meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1530s, "to fill with boldness or nerve," from Latin animatus past participle of animare "give breathing to," in addition "to endow with a certain spirit, to give courage to," from anima "life, air" (see animus). Sense of "give life to" in English attested from 1742. Associated: Animated; animating.

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  • "alive," belated 14c., from Latin animatus (see animate (v.)).

animate meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To provide normal life to; which will make alive; to quicken; because, the soul animates the body.

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  • (v. t.) To offer capabilities to, or to heighten the abilities or aftereffect of; as, to animate a lyre.
  • (v. t.) To provide spirit or vigor to; to stimulate or incite; to inspirit; to rouse; to enliven.
  • (a.) Endowed with life; alive; living; animated; lively.

Sentence Examples with the word animate

Birdwood decided, in consultation with Godley and Byng, that the front trenches should be held up to the very last moment on the night of final evacuation, the troops manning them then hastening to the beaches, everything removable, whether animate or inanimate, having already left.

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