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an·i·mate

animate

 
 
parts of speech:
verb, adjective
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part of speech: verb
pronunciation: ae n meIt
inflections: animates, animating, animated
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.)
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The word animate contains the following parts:
anim Latin root that means mind, spirit, life
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-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).