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’.

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