I. verb — [with obj.] animate /ˈanɪmeɪt /
1. bring to life • Prometheus stole fire from heaven to animate his clay men.
2. give inspiration, encouragement, or renewed vigour to • she has animated the government with a sense of political direction.
3. give (a film or character) the appearance of movement using animation techniques. • much-loved characters have been animated in this Franco-Canadian co-production.
II. adjective — animate /ˈanɪmət /
1. alive or having life • gods in a wide variety of forms, both animate and inanimate.
– origin late Middle English: from Latin animat- ‘instilled with life’, from the verb animare, from anima ‘life, soul’.