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INANIMATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inanimate mean? 

INANIMATE (adjective)
  The adjective INANIMATE has 3 senses:

1. belonging to the class of nouns denoting nonliving things
2. not endowed with life
3. appearing dead; not breathing or having no perceptible pulse

  Familiarity information: INANIMATE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INANIMATE (adjective)


Sense 1inanimate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Belonging to the class of nouns denoting nonliving things

Context example:

the word 'car' is inanimate

Domain category:

linguistics (the scientific study of language)

Antonym:

animate (belonging to the class of nouns that denote living beings)


Sense 2inanimate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not endowed with life

Synonyms:

non-living; nonliving; inanimate; dead

Context examples:

the inorganic world is inanimate / inanimate objects / dead stones

Similar:

nonconscious (relating to the lack of consciousness of inanimate things)

Attribute:

aliveness; animateness; liveness (the property of being animated; having animal life as distinguished from plant life)

Antonym:

animate (endowed with animal life as distinguished from plant life)


Sense 3inanimate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Appearing dead; not breathing or having no perceptible pulse

Synonyms:

pulseless; breathless; inanimate

Context examples:

an inanimate body / pulseless and dead

Similar:

dead (no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life)


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