Definition of animated
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>
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.
Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of animated
First Known Use: 1534
Synonym Discussion of animated
ANIMATED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of animated for English Language Learners
: 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
ANIMATED Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of animated
1: endowed with life or the qualities of life
2: full of movement and activity
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