AskDefine | Define inanimate

Dictionary Definition

inanimate adj
1 belonging to the class of nouns denoting nonliving things; "the word `car' is inanimate" [ant: animate]
2 not endowed with life; "the inorganic world is inanimate"; "inanimate objects"; "dead stones" [syn: nonliving, dead] [ant: animate]
3 appearing dead; not breathing or having no perceptible pulse; "an inanimate body"; "pulseless and dead" [syn: breathless, pulseless]

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. Lacking the quality or ability of motion; as an inanimate object.
  2. Not being, and never having been alive.
  3. Not animate.



in grammar



  1. Feminine plural form of inanimato

Extensive Definition

Animate means that which lives or moves, as opposed to inanimate, that which doesn't live or move.It may refer to:
  • Animate, a Japanese retail chain
  • Animation, an optical illusion of motion created by the consecutive display of images of static elements
  • Something that has life
  • Animacy, a grammatical category, usually of nouns
  • Animate and inanimate, in possession

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abiotic, animate, apathetic, asleep, asleep in Jesus, at rest, azoic, benumbed, bereft of life, blase, bored, breathless, called home, carrion, cold, common gender, croaked, dead, dead and gone, death-struck, debilitated, deceased, defunct, demised, departed, departed this life, destitute of life, done for, dopey, dormant, droopy, drugged, dull, dumb, enervated, exanimate, extinct, fallen, feminine, finished, food for worms, gender, gone, gone to glory, gone west, heavy, hebetudinous, immobile, inactive, inanimated, inert, insensate, insensible, insentient, jaded, lackadaisical, languid, languorous, late, late lamented, launched into eternity, leaden, lethargic, lifeless, listless, lumpish, martyred, masculine, moribund, motionless, mute, neuter, no more, nonconscious, nonliving, numb, passed on, phlegmatic, pooped, pushing up daisies, released, reposing, resting easy, sainted, sated, senseless, sleeping, sleepy, slow, sluggish, smitten with death, somnolent, soulless, spiritless, stagnant, stagnating, still, stillborn, stultified, supine, taken away, taken off, torpid, unanimated, unconscious, unfeeling, unmoving, vegetable, vegetative, wan, weary, with the Lord, with the saints, without life, without vital functions, world-weary
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