Definition of animate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    animate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈænɪmeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈænɪmeɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they animate
    BrE BrE//ˈænɪmeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈænɪmeɪt//
     
    he / she / it animates
    BrE BrE//ˈænɪmeɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈænɪmeɪts//
     
    past simple animated
    BrE BrE//ˈænɪmeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈænɪmeɪtɪd//
     
    past participle animated
    BrE BrE//ˈænɪmeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈænɪmeɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form animating
    BrE BrE//ˈænɪmeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈænɪmeɪtɪŋ//
     
    Energetic, Making films
     
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  1. 1animate something to make something more lively or full of energy A smile suddenly animated her face. See related entries: Energetic
  2. 2[usually passive] animate something to make models, toys, etc. seem to move in a film/movie by rapidly showing slightly different pictures of them in a series, one after another See related entries: Making films
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin animat- ‘instilled with life’, from the verb animare, from anima ‘life, soul’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: animate

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