an·​i·​mat·​ed | \ -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

Keep scrolling for more

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

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.

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

The studio began its domination of animated features in 1937 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which is about a passive princess whose greatest wish, expressed in song, is for a man to come find her. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Netflix’s Disenchantment suggests the messy future of princess stories," 22 Aug. 2018 As Vanity Fair pointed out, a category for best animated feature was last added in 2001. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The Oscars Add New "Popular" Movie Category," 8 Aug. 2018 Lady Gaga has been teasing a new animated character on social media as part of her Las Vegas residency show. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Lady Gaga teases an anime cyborg at her Las Vegas concert," 29 Dec. 2018 The Lion King hits theaters July 19, 2019, 25 years after the original animated feature's release. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Surprise! Disney drops first trailer for “live-action” film The Lion King," 23 Nov. 2018 The Twitterverse has dolled out nominations for the esteemed BDE Award to animated characters, perfumes, and even subway lines. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "The Best Twitter Nominations For Big Dick Energy," 26 June 2018 Since their self title 2001 debut, the group comprised of animated characters voiced by Blur leader Damon Albarn and a rotating band of all-star friends have released a new work every five years or so. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Gorillaz Tease New Project Coming Soon, 'The Now Now'," 28 May 2018 Developer Level-5 is working on an animated film set in the same universe, which is a fascinating development given Studio Ghibli helped out on the cutscenes for the original game. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Hollow Knight gets a sequel, Neill Blomkamp makes a live-action Anthem trailer," 15 Feb. 2019 Image Which brings us to the darkest moment in her animated story (beware — there are spoilers ahead). Kaly Soto, New York Times, "The Creator of ‘Bao’ on That Twist: ‘Part of Me Wanted to Shock Audiences’," 27 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'animated.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of animated

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for animated

see animate entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about animated

Statistics for animated

Last Updated

19 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for animated

The first known use of animated was in 1534

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for animated



English Language Learners Definition of animated

: 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


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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on animated

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with animated

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for animated

Spanish Central: Translation of animated

Nglish: Translation of animated for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of animated for Arabic Speakers

Comments on animated

What made you want to look up animated? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


likely to have or produce good results

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!