—v.t. 1. to give life to; make alive: God animated the dust. 2. to make lively, vivacious, or vigorous; give zest or spirit to: Her presence animated the party. 3. to fill with courage or boldness; encourage: to animate weary troops. 4. to move or stir to action; motivate: He was animated by religious zeal. 5. to give motion to: leaves animated by a breeze. 6. to prepare or produce as an animated cartoon: to animate a children's story.
—adj. 1. alive; possessing life: animate creatures. 2. lively: an animate expression of joy. 3. of or relating to animal life.
4. able to move voluntarily.
5. Ling.belonging to a syntactic category or having a semantic feature that is characteristic of words denoting beings regarded as having perception and volition (opposed to inanimate).