1530s, "to fill with boldness or courage," from Latin animatus past participle of animare "give breath to," also "to endow with a particular spirit, to give courage to," from anima "life, breath" (see animus). Sense of "give life to" in English attested from 1742. Related: Animated; animating.
"alive," late 14c., from Latin animatus (see animate (v.)).
1. There was precious little about the cricket to animate the crowd.
2. It'strikes to the heart of all life, animate and inanimate.
3. The first day I devoted to my friends, animate and inanimate.
4. He made no clear distinction between animate and inanimate things.