An·i·mate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Animated; p. pr. & vb. n. Animating.]
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.
Syn: -- To enliven; inspirit; stimulate; exhilarate; inspire; instigate; rouse; urge; cheer; prompt; incite; quicken; gladden.
An·i·ma·ting, a. Causing animation; life-giving; inspiriting; rousing. “Animating cries.” --Pope. -- An*i*ma*ting*ly, adv.
adj : giving spirit and vivacity [syn: enlivening]