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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb An"i*mate
  1. To give natural life to; to make alive; to quicken; as, the soul animates the body.
  2. To give powers to, or to heighten the powers or effect of; as, to animate a lyre.
  3. To give spirit or vigor to; to stimulate or incite; to inspirit; to rouse; to enliven."The more to animate the people, he stood on high . . . and cried unto them with a loud voice." [Knolles.]
    synonyms: To enliven; inspirit; stimulate; exhilarate; inspire; instigate; rouse; urge; cheer; prompt; incite; quicken; gladden.

Etymology: L. animatus, p. p. of animare, fr. anima breath, soul; akin to animus soul, mind, Gr. � wind, Skr. an to breathe, live, Goth. us-anan to expire (us- out), Icel. önd breath, anda to breathe, OHG. ando anger. Cf. Animal

adjective An"i*mate
Endowed with life; alive; living; animated; lively.

Etymology: L. animatus, p. p

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Give new life or energy to
  2. Make lively
  3. Give lifelike qualities to ("animated cartoons")
  4. Heighten or intensify
  5. Endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness
  6. Endowed with animal life as distinguished from plant life ("we are animate beings")
  7. Belonging to the class of nouns that denote living beings ("the word `dog' is animate")

From Latin animatus, past participle of animare (“to fill with breath, quicken, encourage, animate”), from anima (“breath”); see anima.

animate was also found in the following language(s): Esperanto, Italian, and Latin

Fun Facts about the name Animate

  • When was the first name Animate first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Animate is Sunday, March 1st, 1896.
  • How unique is the name Animate? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Animate. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Animate: Your name in reverse order is Etamina. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aintaem. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Animate born Oct 17, 1999

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Spain approximately on 375. Your profession was artist, magician, and fortune teller.

Your psychological profile shows you had a natural talent of psychologist and knew how to use the opportunities. Cold-blooded and calm in any situation. Your problem - to learn determination and persistency. Every misfortune should crash upon your strong will.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.