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[ree-an-uh-meyt] /ˌriˈæn əˌmeɪt/
verb (used with object), reanimated, reanimating.
to restore to life; resuscitate.
to give fresh vigor, spirit, or courage to.
to stimulate to renewed activity.
Origin of reanimate
1605-15; re- + animate
Related forms
reanimation, noun Unabridged
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  • Supplications are shrieked by others for the departed to come back and reanimate the dead body.

    Fetichism in West Africa Robert Hamill Nassau
  • Some of the clergy seized on this circumstance to reanimate the Crusaders.

  • The sunshine lay upon the dead, as the prophet upon the Shunamite's child, but it could not reanimate.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Their leaders in vain endeavoured to reanimate their courage.

    On the Irrawaddy G. A. Henty
  • This news seemed to reanimate the young prisoner, and she waited impatiently for the marquis to come and speak to her.

    The Barber of Paris Charles Paul de Kock
  • Then one day to his great joy, she began to reanimate herself a little.

    Dodo Wonders E. F. Benson
  • Mr. Field had been indefatigable in his efforts to reanimate the Company.

    The Story of the Atlantic Telegraph Henry M. (Henry Martyn) Field
  • It will revive business, and reanimate the heart and hope of the masses.

    Money John P. Jones
  • Yes, I know, but the mere fact that you take the resolution will serve to reanimate you.

  • He must depress Christianity, and he must reanimate and reform Paganism.

    Sermons J. B. Lightfoot
British Dictionary definitions for reanimate


verb (transitive)
to refresh or enliven (something) again: to reanimate their enervated lives
to bring back to life
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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