Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
Intermediate Dictionary
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
animate

an·i·mate

animate

 
parts of speech:
verb, adjective
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: verb
pronunciation: ae n meIt
inflections: animated, animates, animating
definition 1: to bring to life.
A magic hat animated Frosty the snowman.
synonyms:
spark
similar words:
inspire, rouse
definition 2: to give zest or spirit to.
An African band animated the gathering.
 
synonyms:
stimulate
similar words:
encourage, excite, exhilarate
definition 3: to inspire to move or act; prompt.
The union speaker animated the workers to strike.
similar words:
arouse, move
definition 4: to give the illusion of movement.
The artist animated the cartoon characters.
 
part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: ae n mt
definition 1: alive; living.
Rocks are not animate objects.
synonyms:
alive, live, living
similar words:
vital
definition 2: lively; full of energy.
The singer was very pleased to find such an animate audience.
synonyms:
vital
antonyms:
lifeless
similar words:
bright, energetic, enthusiastic
derivations: animately (adv.), animateness (n.)
Word Parts
The word animate contains the following parts:
anim Latin root that means mind, spirit, life
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
Show wordsHide wordsMore about this word part:
The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).