inanimate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

in- +‎ animate

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

inanimate (comparative more inanimate, superlative most inanimate)

  1. Lacking the quality or ability of motion; as an inanimate object.
  2. Not being, and never having been alive.
    • 1818, Mary Shelley, chapter 5, Frankenstein[1]:
      I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body.
  3. (grammar) Not animate.

Antonyms[edit]

Translations[edit]

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Noun[edit]

inanimate (plural inanimates)

  1. Something that is not alive.

Verb[edit]

inanimate (third-person singular simple present inanimates, present participle inanimating, simple past and past participle inanimated)

  1. (obsolete) To animate.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of John Donne to this entry?)

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

inanimate f pl

  1. feminine plural of inanimato

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

inanimāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of inanimātus