from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To give life to; fill with life.
- transitive v. To impart interest or zest to; enliven: "The party was animated by all kinds of men and women” ( René Dubos).
- transitive v. To fill with spirit, courage, or resolution; encourage. See Synonyms at encourage.
- transitive v. To inspire to action; prompt.
- transitive v. To impart motion or activity to.
- transitive v. To make, design, or produce (a cartoon, for example) so as to create the illusion of motion.
- adj. Possessing life; living. See Synonyms at living.
- adj. Of or relating to animal life as distinct from plant life.
- adj. Belonging to the class of nouns that stand for living things: The word dog is animate; the word car is inanimate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. That which lives.
- adj. Possessing the quality or ability of motion.
- adj. Dynamic, energetic.
- adj. Having a referent that includes a human or animal.
- adj. Inflected to agree with an animate noun or pronoun.
- v. To impart motion or the appearance of motion to.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To give natural life to; to make alive; to quicken.
- transitive v. To give powers to, or to heighten the powers or effect of.
- transitive v. To give spirit or vigor to; to stimulate or incite; to inspirit; to rouse; to enliven.
- adj. Endowed with life; alive; living; animated; lively.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To give natural life to; quicken; make alive: as, the soul animates the body.
- To affect with an appearance of life; inspire or actuate as if with life; bring into action or movement.
- To move or actuate the mind of; incite to mental action; prompt.
- To give spirit or vigor to; infuse courage, joy, or other enlivening passion into; stimulate: as, to animate dispirited troops.
- Synonyms To vivify. To revive, invigorate. To enliven, stimulate, inspirit, exhilarate, cheer, gladden, impel, urge on, prompt, incite.
- To become enlivened or exhilarated; rouse one's self.
- Alive; possessing animal life: as, “creatures animate,”
- Having the appearance of life; resembling that which is alive; lively.
- Pertaining to living things: as, “animate diseases,” Kirby and Spence, Entomol.
- In grammar, referring to living things as indicated by a difference of form in the designating word: said of gender in some languages. See the quotation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. belonging to the class of nouns that denote living beings
- adj. endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness
- adj. endowed with animal life as distinguished from plant life
- v. give new life or energy to
- v. make lively
- v. give lifelike qualities to
- v. heighten or intensify
Latin animāre, animāt-, from anima, soul.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin animatus, past participle of animare ("to fill with breath, quicken, encourage, animate"), from anima ("breath"); see anima. (Wiktionary)