An animate is a creature artificially vested with life or intelligence. Animates are generally under the control of their creators and are devoid of most qualities typical of life, such as breathing, consumption, or sleep. Animates differ little by planar origin and none arise naturally under normal circumstances.
Oddly, not all creatures who are artificially infused with life are considered animates. For example, warforged, in spite of being the result of deliberate creation through magic, are considered humanoids. This is because warforged are sentient, unlike animates, who may be intelligent but lack any consciousness.