- 1animate something to make something more lively or full of energy A smile suddenly animated her face.
- 2 [usually passive] animate something to make models, toys, etc. seem to move in a movie by rapidly showing slightly different pictures of them in a series, one after another
NAmE//ˈænəˌmeɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they animate
he / she / it animates
past simple animated
-ing form animating