inanimate Definition

not alive, especially not in the way that people, animals, and plants are.

Using inanimate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "inanimate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    The room was filled with inanimate objects.

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    The inanimate statue stood motionless in the garden.

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    The inanimate body of the bird lay on the ground.

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    The inanimate doll looked almost real.

inanimate Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for inanimate

Antonyms for inanimate

Phrases with inanimate

  • an object that is not alive


    The museum displayed a collection of inanimate objects from ancient civilizations.

  • the non-living components of the natural world, such as rocks, water, and air


    The artist's paintings often depict the beauty of inanimate nature.

  • non-living material substance


    The study of inanimate matter is an important part of physics.

Origins of inanimate

from Latin 'inanimatus', meaning 'lifeless'


Summary: inanimate in Brief

'Inanimate' [ɪˈnænɪmət] refers to things that are not alive, such as objects or materials. It can be used to describe anything from a statue to a rock. The phrase 'inanimate object' is commonly used to refer to non-living things, while 'inanimate nature' describes the non-living components of the natural world. 'Inanimate matter' is a term used in physics to describe non-living material substance.