animate (adj.)

  1. belonging to the class of nouns that denote living beings; the word `dog' is animate'

  2. endowed with animal life as distinguished from plant life; we are animate beings'

  3. endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness; the living knew themselves just sentient puppets on Gods stage- T.E.Lawrence

    [ Syn: sentient ]

    animate (v.)

  1. heighten or intensify; These paintings exalt the imagination

    [ Syn: inspire , invigorate , enliven , exalt ]

  2. give lifelike qualities to; animated cartoons

    [ Syn: animize , animise ]

  3. make lively; lets liven up this room a bit

    [ Syn: enliven , liven , liven up , invigorate ]

  4. give new life or energy to; A hot soup will revive me; This will renovate my spirits; This treatment repaired my health

    [ Syn: recreate , reanimate , revive , renovate , repair , quicken , vivify , revivify ]

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