animate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"animate" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈæn.ɪ.mət/
having ​life: animate ​beings

animateverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈæn.ɪ.meɪt/
to make someone ​seem more ​happy or ​active: A ​sparkle in his ​eyes animated his ​facewhenever he ​smiled.
(Definition of animate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"animate" in American English

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animateverb [T]

 us   /ˈæn·əˌmeɪt/
to ​cause someone or something to be more ​active or ​full of ​life: He ​knowsexactly what to say to animate a ​crowd.
(Definition of animate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “animate”
in Spanish animar…
in Vietnamese làm sinh động…
in Malaysian menghidupkan…
in Thai ทำให้มีชีวิตชีวา…
in French animer…
in German beleben…
in Chinese (Simplified) 有生命的,活的…
in Turkish canlı, yaşayan…
in Russian живой, одушевленный…
in Indonesian menghidupkan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 有生命的,活的…
in Polish ożywiony…
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