Definition of animate in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈanɪmeɪt
[with object]
  • 2Give (a film or character) the appearance of movement using animation techniques: much-loved characters have been animated in this Franco-Canadian co-production
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    • Most people know Disney's Snow White as the first animated feature film.
    • In some ways Pocahontas is a natural extension of previous Disney animated films like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.
    • I liked Tarzan, but there hasn't been a truly great Disney animated film that didn't come from Pixar since The Lion King.


Pronunciation: /ˈanɪmət
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  • Alive or having life: gods in a wide variety of forms, both animate and inanimate
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    • But equally essential to making sense of the chaos of the world and our place in it, is our ability to distinguish between objects and different kinds of things, so living or dead, animate or inanimate.
    • Despite this similarity, there are still elemental differences between being alive and deceased, and between the animate and inanimate.
    • The ‘agent’ in question is merely an organic part of A's body and so not a rational agent or even an ‘animate’ agent, in the sense in which an entire living organism is an animate agent.
    living, alive, live, breathing, sentient, conscious; organic
    archaic quick



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  • According to the animators at Pixar, bugs, toys, monsters and fish are easy enough to do, it's people that are difficult.
  • The producers also may be able to involve more talented animators and artists to create more appealing shows for Indonesian kids.
  • It also will allow computer animators to ‘model more realistically how clothes hang and move.’


late Middle English: from Latin animat- 'instilled with life', from the verb animare, from anima 'life, soul'.

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