What does animate mean?
The definition of animate
An”i*mate, v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Animated; p. pr. & vb. n. Animating.]
Etym: [L. animatus, p. p. of animare, fr. anima breath, soul; akin to animus soul, mind, Gr. an to breathe, live, Goth. us-anan to expire (us- out), Icel. önd breath, anda to breathe, OHG. ando anger. Cf. Animal.]

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. Dryden.
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.

Synonyms
— To enliven; inspirit; stimulate; exhilarate; inspire; instigate; rouse; urge; cheer; prompt; incite; quicken; gladden.

An”i*mate, a.
Etym: [L. animatus, p. p.]

Endowed with life; alive; living; animated; lively. The admirable structure of animate bodies. Bentley.