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animate (v.)

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, enliven," from anima "life, breath" (see animus). Sense of "give natural life to" in English attested from 1742. Meaning "render in moving pictures, especially cinematic cartoons" is from early 20c. Related: Animated; animating.

animate (adj.)

"alive," late 14c., from Latin animatus, past participle of animare "give breath to," also "to endow with a particular spirit, to give courage to, enliven," from anima "life, breath" (from PIE root *ane- "to breathe").

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Definitions of animate from WordNet
1
animate (v.)
heighten or intensify;
Synonyms: inspire / invigorate / enliven / exalt
animate (v.)
give lifelike qualities to;
animated cartoons
Synonyms: animize / animise
animate (v.)
make lively;
Synonyms: enliven / liven / liven up / invigorate
animate (v.)
give new life or energy to;
Synonyms: recreate / reanimate / revive / renovate / repair / quicken / vivify / revivify
2
animate (adj.)
belonging to the class of nouns that denote living beings;
the word `dog' is animate
animate (adj.)
endowed with animal life as distinguished from plant life;
we are animate beings
animate (adj.)
endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness; "the living knew themselves just sentient puppets on God's stage"- T.E.Lawrence;
Synonyms: sentient
From wordnet.princeton.edu