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English adjective: animate

1. animate belonging to the class of nouns that denote living beings

SamplesThe word `dog' is animate.

Domain categorylinguistics


2. animate endowed with animal life as distinguished from plant life

SamplesWe are animate beings.

Attributealiveness, animateness, liveness

Antonymsnon-living, nonliving, inanimate

3. animate endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness

SamplesThe living knew themselves just sentient puppets on God's stage.




Antonymsinsensate, insentient

English verb: animate

1. animate (emotion) heighten or intensify

SamplesThese paintings exalt the imagination.

Synonymsenliven, exalt, inspire, invigorate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir

Narrower (hyponym)encourage

2. animate (change) give lifelike qualities to

SamplesAnimated cartoons.

Synonymsanimise, animize

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

3. animate (change) make lively

SamplesLet's liven up this room a bit.

Synonymsenliven, invigorate, liven, liven up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)arouse, brace, energise, energize, perk up, stimulate

Narrower (hyponym)ginger up, inspirit, jazz up, juice up, pep up, spirit, spirit up

Antonymsblunt, deaden

4. animate (body) give new life or energy to

SamplesA hot soup will revive me.
This will renovate my spirits.
This treatment repaired my health.

Synonymsquicken, reanimate, recreate, renovate, repair, revive, revivify, vivify

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)arouse, brace, energise, energize, perk up, stimulate

Verb groupcome to, resuscitate, revive

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