an·​i·​mat·​ed | \ ˈa-nə-ˌmā-təd How to pronounce animated (audio) \

Definition of animated

1a : endowed with life or the qualities of life : alive animated creatures
b : full of movement and activity an animated crowd
c : full of vigor and spirit : lively an animated discussion
2 : having the appearance of something alive an unusually animated piece of sculpture
3 : made in the form of an animated cartoon an animated film

Other Words from animated

animatedly adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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Animated cartoon characters have been "given life" by film techniques, though the animation of drawings actually goes back to handheld toys in the 1830s. A child watching the cartoon may also be animated—squealing, laughing, and jumping around—as can a crowd of hockey fans or a rock-concert audience. And the best discussions and arguments are often highly animated.

Examples of animated in a Sentence

She gave an animated description of the project. After dinner, the discussion got more animated. Many movies for kids are animated rather than live-action.
Recent Examples on the Web That’s the unmistakable message from Russian media, which recently ran two animated videos depicting nuclear strikes on the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Michael Peck, Forbes, 3 May 2022 The festival showcases features and shorts, including narrative, documentary and animated works. Carson Burton, Variety, 3 May 2022 In the second animated origin story of the summer, a pre-despicable 12-year-old boy named Gru dreams of becoming the world’s greatest supervillain with some help from his loyal, bumbling yellow sidekicks. cleveland, 3 May 2022 Mike and Julie are experts at that because of their experience in the animated world. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 May 2022 Ten titles will compete in the animated film category, 15 in the documentary competition, 16 in the experimental film category, 16 in the fiction film category, and 16 titles in the video competition. Tristan Priimägi, Variety, 26 Apr. 2022 Whether that means a Downton Abbey threequel will depend on how much the over-qualified cast is content to keep returning to roles that have now become animated props. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Apr. 2022 The artwork by Michael Cavallaro on these pages is great, with mosquito larvae fleeing and the fish in hot pursuit, both displaying animated expressions on their cartoon faces. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Apr. 2022 An influx of animated shows' white voice actors stopped voicing characters of color in 2020, including The Simpsons' Hank Azaria. Dory Jackson,, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of animated

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for animated

see animate entry 1

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13 May 2022

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“Animated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for animated


an·​i·​mat·​ed | \ ˈa-nə-ˌmā-təd How to pronounce animated (audio) \

Kids Definition of animated

1 : full of life and energy : lively an animated discussion
2 : appearing to be alive or moving animated cartoon characters


an·​i·​mat·​ed | \ -ˌmāt-əd How to pronounce animated (audio) \

Medical Definition of animated

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

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