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



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BrE BrE//ˈænɪmət//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈænɪmət//
(formal) living; having life animate beings Children quickly learn to distinguish between animate and inanimate motion. opposite inanimate
Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin animat- ‘instilled with life’, from the verb animare, from anima ‘life, soul’.
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