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animate
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3 meanings
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1  —as in:
animated by her strong belief
Definition inspire, make more lively, or bring to life
  • The right to pursue happiness is an animating principle of American government.
animating = inspiring people to action
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She spoke in an animated manner.
  • animated = enthusiastic or excited
  • Her conversation is animated by nervous energy and a quick wit.
  • animated = made lively
  • She spoke with animation.
  • animation = enthusiasm or excitement
  • At the men's end of the table the talk grew more and more animated.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • animated = lively
  • The men fell into an animated discussion.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • animated = lively
  • His mother's face was animated her voice triumphant as she came to the thrilling part where Santa Claus slid down the chimney and nodded and set to work with his fat little belly shaking with laughter.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • animated = lively
  • I do desire that you will not be making her really unhappy; a little love, perhaps, may animate and do her good, but I will not have you plunge her deep, for she is as good a little creature as ever lived, and has a great deal of feeling.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • animate = make more lively
  • Their conversation was animated.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • animated = lively (enthusiastic or excited)
  • Could you look, sir, into my heart, you would approve to the full the sentiments which animate me.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
animate = inspire (make more lively)

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2  —as in:
an animated cartoon
Definition make a moving cartoon (a film technique that uses a set of gradually changing pictures to simulate movement when played in series)
  • She won an award for best animated cartoon.
animated = moving
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Have you seen the animated version of Lord of the Rings.
  • animated = moving cartoon
  • She is one of the animators who worked on the new Disney film.
  • animators = people who illustrate (draw to create) moving cartoons
  • By early afternoon I became so bored that I'd plop down in front of the television and watch Speed Racer cartoons. When I could not stand another animated episode, I'd drag myself to my room and kill time by coloring in a coloring book she had given me.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • animated = moving cartoon
  • As everybody knows, nothing enhances silly action sequences more than really cheesy animation.
    Dav Pilkey  --  Captain Underpants (# 1)
  • animation = moving cartoons
  • If you flip quickly, the two pictures will start to look like one animated picture.
    Dav Pilkey  --  Captain Underpants (# 1)
  • animated = moving (as though live action)
  • If you flip quickly, the two pictures will start to look like one animated picture.
    Dav Pilkey  --  Captain Underpants (# 1)
  • animated = moving (as though live action)
  • If you flip quickly, the two pictures will start to look like one animated picture.
    Dav Pilkey  --  Captain Underpants (# 1)
  • animated = moving (as though live action)
  • If you flip quickly, the two pictures will start to look like one animated picture.
    Dav Pilkey  --  Captain Underpants (# 1)
  • animated = moving (as though live action)
  • Now quickly flip the right-hand page back and forth until the picture appears to be animated.
    Dav Pilkey  --  Captain Underpants (# 1)

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3  —as in:
animate v. inanimate
Definition alive; or (more rarely) an animal—not a plant; or (more rarely still) the degree to which as an animal feels and thinks
  • Is it animate or inanimate?
inanimate = alive
(editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in inanimate means not and reverses the meaning of animate. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Is it an animate noun?
  • animate = living
  • Animacy is one of the most elementary principles in linguistics.
  • animacy = a state of being alive or not, or the degree to which as an animal feels and thinks
  • ...and before he can get your heart for his own use he has to unfasten it from all the holds upon things animate and inanimate, which so many years' growth have confirmed, and which are considerably tightened for the moment by the very idea of separation.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • animate = alive
  • She had none of Fanny's delicacy of taste, of mind, of feeling; she saw Nature, inanimate Nature, with little observation; her attention was all for men and women, her talents for the light and lively.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in inanimate means not and reverses the meaning of animate. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • I am aware, more aware than Crawford can be, that the man who means to make you love him (you having due notice of his intentions) must have very uphill work, for there are all your early attachments and habits in battle array; and before he can get your heart for his own use he has to unfasten it from all the holds upon things animate and inanimate, which so many years' growth have confirmed, and which are considerably tightened for the moment by the very idea of separation.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in inanimate means not and reverses the meaning of animate. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • Some were of inanimate objects, like a tire or a tangerine, with the same defects.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in inanimate means not and reverses the meaning of animate. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • But these things revealed no symptoms of human life; the place looked dumb, deaf, inanimate.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in inanimate means not and reverses the meaning of animate. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • Some are inanimate—a school that Zanmi Lasante built out here in the mountains—but mostly they're patients.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in inanimate means not and reverses the meaning of animate. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • Now it was only a matter of making sounds, inarticulate sounds addressed to inanimate objects unrelated to such concepts as reality, human or honor.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
(editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in inanimate means not and reverses the meaning of animate. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)

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Less commonly:
Much more rarely, Linguists use the form animacy to describe whether (or the degree to which) a noun feels and thinks. It impacts grammar. For example, in English, "She moved" v. "It moved."
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