animate: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (v.an'u-māt"adj.an'u-mit), [key]
— v., adj. -mat•ed, -mat•ing,
- to give life to; make alive: God animated the dust.
- to make lively, vivacious, or vigorous; give zest or spirit to: Her presence animated the party.
- to fill with courage or boldness; encourage: to animate weary troops.
- to move or stir to action; motivate: He was animated by religious zeal.
- to give motion to: leaves animated by a breeze.
- to prepare or produce as an animated cartoon: to animate a children's story.
- alive; possessing life: animate creatures.
- lively: an animate expression of joy.
- of or relating to animal life.
- able to move voluntarily.
- belonging to a syntactic category or having a semantic feature that is characteristic of words denoting beings regarded as having perception and volition (opposed to inanimate).
- animate (Thesaurus)