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animate

an·i·mate

animate

 
parts of speech:
transitive verb, adjective
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: ae n meIt
inflections: animated, animates, animating
definition 1: to rouse or bring to life.
The sleeping dogs were suddenly animated by the sound of footsteps.
synonyms:
energize, liven, spark, vitalize, vivify
antonyms:
depress
similar words:
inspire, quicken, rouse, spirit
definition 2: to give zest or spirit to; enliven.
A Jamaican band animated the gathering.
 
synonyms:
energize, enliven, inspirit, liven, stimulate
antonyms:
inhibit
similar words:
elate, encourage, excite, exhilarate, hearten, invigorate, quicken, spirit
definition 3: to inspire to move or act; prompt; actuate.
The union speaker animated the workers and set the stage for a strike.
synonyms:
actuate, energize, invigorate, vitalize
antonyms:
inhibit
similar words:
arouse, motivate, move
definition 4: to give (a cartoon or object) the illusion of movement.
Before the use of computers, it took many separate drawings to animate a cartoon figure.
 
part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: ae n mt
definition 1: alive; living.
Rocks are not animate objects.The pronouns "she" and "he" refer to animate beings.
synonyms:
alive, existent, live, living
antonyms:
inanimate, lifeless
similar words:
breathing, extant, life, vital
definition 2: of or pertaining to animal life.
synonyms:
breathing, live
similar words:
existent, vital
definition 3: characterized by motion or the ability to move.
The characters in the drawings become animate when they are viewed rapidly in a series.
synonyms:
mobile
antonyms:
inert, lifeless
similar words:
alive, moving
definition 4: lively; vivacious.
She livens up the party with her animate personality.
synonyms:
effervescent, vibrant, vital
antonyms:
lifeless
similar words:
bright, energetic, enthusiastic, live, spirited
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
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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).