An"i*mate (#), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Animated; p. pr. & vb. n. Animating.] [L. animatus, p. p. of animare, fr. anima breath, soul; akin to animus soul, mind, Gr. wind, Skr. an to breathe, live, Goth. us-anan to expire (us- out), Icel. ond breath, anda to breathe, OHG. ando anger. Cf. Animal.]


To give natural life to; to make alive; to quicken; as, the soul animates the body.


To give powers to, or to heighten the powers or effect of; as, to animate a lyre.



To give spirit or vigor to; to stimulate or incite; to inspirit; to rouse; to enliven.

The more to animate the people, he stood on high . . . and cried unto them with a loud voice. Knolles.

Syn. -- To enliven; inspirit; stimulate; exhilarate; inspire; instigate; rouse; urge; cheer; prompt; incite; quicken; gladden.


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An"i*mate (#), a. [L. animatus, p. p.]

Endowed with life; alive; living; animated; lively.

The admirable structure of animate bodies. Bentley.


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