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AN'IMATE, verb intransitive [Latin amino. See Animal.]

1. To give natural life to; to quicken; to make alive; as the soul animates the body.

2. To give powers to, or to heighten the powers or effect of a thing; as, to animate a lyre.

3. To give spirit or vigor; to infuse courage, joy, or other enlivening passion; to stimulate or incite; as, to animate dispirited troops.

AN'IMATE, adjective Alive; possessing animal life.

[This word is used chiefly in poetry for animated.]