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Etymology 1 edit

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

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  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈænɪmət/
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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, especially not like humans and animals.
    • 1818, Mary Shelley, chapter 5, in Frankenstein[1], archived from the original on 31 October 2011:
      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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  • (antonym(s) of grammar): animate
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inanimate (plural inanimates)

  1. (rare) Something that is not alive.

Etymology 2 edit

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

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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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inanimate f pl

  1. feminine plural of inanimato

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  1. vocative masculine singular of inanimātus