adjective an·i·mat·ed \-ˌmā-təd\

: full of life and energy

: produced by the creation of a series of drawings, pictures, etc., that are shown quickly one after another : produced through the process of animation

Full Definition of ANIMATED

a :  endowed with life or the qualities of life :  alive
b :  full of movement and activity <an animated crowd>
c :  full of vigor and spirit :  lively <an animated discussion>
:  having the appearance of something alive <an unusually animated piece of sculpture>
:  made in the form of an animated cartoon <an animated film>
an·i·mat·ed·ly adverb

Examples of ANIMATED

  1. She gave an animated description of the project.
  2. After dinner, the discussion got more animated.
  3. Many movies for kids are animated rather than live-action.

First Known Use of ANIMATED


Synonym Discussion of ANIMATED

lively, animated, vivacious, sprightly, gay mean keenly alive and spirited. lively suggests briskness, alertness, or energy <a lively debate on the issues>. animated applies to what is spirited and active <an animated discussion of current events>. vivacious suggests an activeness of gesture and wit, often playful or alluring <a vivacious party host>. sprightly suggests lightness and spirited vigor of manner or wit <a tuneful, sprightly musical>. gay stresses complete freedom from care and overflowing spirits <the gay spirit of Paris in the 1920s>.

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany
ANIMATEDLY Defined for Kids


adjective an·i·mat·ed \ˈa-nə-ˌmā-təd\

Definition of ANIMATED for Kids

:  full of life and energy :  lively <an animated discussion>
:  appearing to be alive or moving <animated cartoon characters>
Medical Dictionary


adjective an·i·mat·ed \-ˌmāt-əd\

Medical Definition of ANIMATED

:  endowed with life or the qualities of life
:  full of movement and activity


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