Meaning of 'animate'

Find the meaning of the word ‘animate’

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Meaning of ‘animate’

7 definitions found.



endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness

Synonyms: sentient


endowed with animal life as distinguished from plant life

Example: "we are animate beings"


belonging to the class of nouns that denote living beings

Example: "the word `dog' is animate"


to give new life or energy to

Example: "I animated the retirees."

Synonyms: repair


to make lively

Example: "The teacher's exciting lessons often animate the sleepy students."

Synonyms: invigorate enliven liven liven up


to give lifelike qualities to

Example: "You can work on animating the movements of the doll."

Synonyms: animize animise


to heighten or intensify

Example: "Their hand motions animate their speech."

Synonyms: inspire invigorate enliven exalt

Source: WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University

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