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an·i·mate • v. / ˈanəˌmāt/ [tr.] 1. chiefly fig. bring to life: the desert is like a line drawing waiting to be animated with color. ∎  give inspiration, encouragement, or renewed vigor to: she has animated the nation with a sense of political direction.2. (usu. be animated) give (a movie or character) the appearance of movement using animation techniques.• adj. / -mit/ alive or having life (often as a contrast with inanimate). ∎  lively and active: party photos of animate socialites.

animate

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animate vb. XVI. f. pp. stem of L. animāre give life to, f. anima air, breath, life, soul, rel. to animus spirit, Gr. ánemos wind; see -ATE3.
So animate adj. XIV. animation XVI. — L.