animate (v.) Look up animate at
1530s, "to fill with boldness or courage," from Latin animatus past participle of animare "give breath to," also "to endow with a particular spirit, to give courage to," from anima "life, breath" (see animus). Sense of "give life to" in English attested from 1742. Related: Animated; animating.
animate (adj.) Look up animate at
"alive," late 14c., from Latin animatus (see animate (v.)).