inanimate

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English inanimate, from Late Latin inanimātus, from Latin in- + animātus.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈænɪmət/
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Adjective[edit]

inanimate (comparative more inanimate, superlative most inanimate)

  1. Lacking the quality or ability of motion; as an inanimate object.
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 2, page 172:
      The love of the inanimate is a general feeling. True, it makes no return of affection, neither does it disappoint it; its associations are from our thoughts and emotions.
  2. Not being, and never having been alive, especially not like humans and animals.
    • 1818, Mary Shelley, chapter 5, in 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.
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Noun[edit]

inanimate (plural inanimates)

  1. (rare) Something that is not alive.

Etymology 2[edit]

Latin inanimō; equivalent to in- (intensive) +‎ animate

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. (obsolete) To animate.
    • 1621, John Donne, An Anatomy of the World: The First Anniversary
      For there's a kind of world remaining still, Though shee which did inanimate and fill

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Adjective[edit]

inanimate f pl

  1. feminine plural of inanimato

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Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

inanimāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of inanimātus