Inanimate things are things that don't have a life of their own. This means that they don't have a mind or a heart, and they can't feel or understand anything.

  • The inanimate objects in the room were all very dusty.

  • The inanimate object was very clumsy, and it almost knocked over the vase.

Definition of inanimate


appearing dead; not breathing or having no perceptible pulse


breathless, pulseless


not endowed with life


non-living, nonliving


belonging to the class of nouns denoting nonliving things

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Example Sentences for inanimate

  • 1

    The cube is an inanimate object.

  • 2

    The laptop is an inanimate object.

  • 3

    The usage of these is restricted to inanimate objects.

  • 4

    He appeared in dreams in the form of inanimate objects.

  • 5

    The phenomenon of talking to inanimate objects is surprisingly common.

  • 6

    The aura of all animate and inanimate objects becomes visible.

  • 7

    The expedition saw the artifacts as inanimate objects from a deserted village.

  • 8

    In many of his philosophical songs, he adopted the role of inanimate objects.

  • 9

    It is the touch of enchantment that gives life to inanimate pieces.

  • 10

    The fame of the dance rests on Astaire's ability to animate the inanimate.