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

     

    inanimate

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈænɪmət//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈænɪmət//
     
     
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  1. 1not alive in the way that people, animals and plants are A rock is an inanimate object. opposite animate
  2. 2dead or appearing to be dead A man was lying inanimate on the floor.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from late Latin inanimatus ‘lifeless’, from in- ‘not’ + animatus, from the verb animare, from anima ‘life, soul’.
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