What is the opposite of the verb animate? I am looking for something meaning "take life out of something."
I believe it is uncommon, but disanimate is a word that means to deprive of life that has the same root as animate plus the Latinate prefix dis- which indicates a reversal or negation.
Depress is listed as its antonym and can be used depending on the subject.
Deprive Unnerve Weaken Enervate Devitalize Debilitate Exsanguinate
Here are a few:
Dampen (as in his spirits were dampened)
Quiet/Quieten (As in he quieted the man)
Animate means movement and thus the antonym is freeze.