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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
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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
  • Blood rushed to my brain; I felt an animating surge of adrenaline, of possibility, of a frontier being pushed outward.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • animating = energizing (bringing to life)
  • She watched Miguel's animated face, thinking that at last, his dream was coming true.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
animated = lively (enthusiastic or excited)

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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
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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 invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
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
  • Everything I wanted to say would have to wait, and I'd go back to the same suspended animation I'd been in before.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • animation = life
  • "But I'm not an inanimate object," I argued.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • inanimate = without life
    (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 invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • After days and nights of incredible labour and fatigue, I succeeded in discovering the cause of generation and life; nay, more, I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • animation = life
  • She was there, lifeless and inanimate, thrown across the bed, her head hanging down and her pale and distorted features half covered by her hair.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • inanimate = not 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 invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • When happy, inanimate nature had the power of bestowing on me the most delightful sensations.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • inanimate = non-living
    (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 invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • A mummy again endued with animation could not be so hideous as that wretch.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
animation = life

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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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