Meaning of inanimate in English:


Pronunciation /ɪnˈanɪmət/

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  • 1Not alive.

    ‘inanimate objects like stones’
    • ‘One important distinction within the natural world is found in the fact that some natural substances are alive and others inanimate.’
    • ‘The word ‘article’ means something inanimate which is not and never has been alive.’
    • ‘I still have occasional empathy with inanimate objects.’
    • ‘All of God's creation, animate and inanimate, reflected God's generosity toward his creatures and evoked an outpouring of praise and thanks.’
    • ‘Those of you who have visited my photoblog may think that my passion in photography lies in capturing scenery, landscapes and inanimate objects.’
    • ‘Hallucinatory content can include inanimate objects, people, animals, plants and bunches of flowers, trees, and complete scenes.’
    • ‘One of the other themes that run through your work is anthropomorphic or inanimate objects that come to life in some way.’
    • ‘First, it's a document, a mighty one, but still an inanimate object.’
    • ‘I personally think it's the people who pull the triggers that kill people, guns are just inanimate objects, machines that can only work with a person present.’
    • ‘In fact I have heard that good chess masters now study computer games and learn new strategies from those inanimate models.’
    • ‘And third, does not anthropomorphism require the transposition of human qualities onto an inanimate object?’
    • ‘The national poll to choose a flower for each county mirrors the US, where each state lays claims to a series of inanimate objects as their own.’
    • ‘I know it's not normal to shout and swear at the television - it is, after all, an inanimate object - but that is what I do.’
    • ‘When spirits inhabit inanimate objects, they cease being inanimate.’
    • ‘Wind chill does not affect inanimate objects, nor does it affect people who are sheltered from the wind.’
    • ‘There may also be inappropriate use of toys, obsessive spinning of objects or attachment to inanimate objects.’
    • ‘The dolls are inanimate objects given life and the creation of more of them lets the artists give flesh to the worries of the audience.’
    • ‘But the single biggest cause of snowmobiling casualties are inanimate objects.’
    • ‘The viruses associated with the cold and flu can survive on inanimate objects and skin for up to three hours.’
    • ‘Even when we are a little the worse for wear through drink, our natural inclination to apologise to pets and inanimate objects comes to the fore.’
    1. 1.1Showing no sign of life; lifeless.
      ‘he was completely inanimate and it was difficult to see if he was breathing’
      • ‘His limbs were inanimate, leaving motion only to his prickly black hair dancing to the silent hum of the ocean.’
      • ‘And still the numbers and names of the dead ‘hammer through his mind, inanimate as nails’.’
      • ‘In both photographs the inanimate face is shown in three-quarter profile facing right against a blank background.’
      lifeless, insentient, insensate, without life, inert, motionless
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Late Middle English from late Latin inanimatus ‘lifeless’, from in- ‘not’ + animatus (see animate).