At its most basic, animate means simply alive, while inanimate means not living, not moving around. But animate also means spirited, or brought to life.
Animated cartoons are what we think of as pictures come to life: animation. Animate derives from the Latin anima "life, soul, spirit." When you seem particularly filled with life, or high-spirited, if you laugh loudly, or use broad gestures, you're animated.
v make lively
make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation
ginger up, jazz up, juice up, pep up
make more interesting or lively
inspirit, spirit, spirit up
infuse with spirit
v give new life or energy to
v heighten or intensify
- show 8 types...
- hide 8 types...
inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
barrack, cheer, exhort, inspire, pep up, root on, urge, urge on
spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts
help develop, help grow
encourage somebody by crying hollo
cheer, embolden, hearten, recreate
give encouragement to
make more sociable
encourage to be less reserved
give heart or courage to