an·i·mat·ed | \-ˌmā-təd \

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

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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.
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Viewers first encountered Dracula’s complicated family in 2012's Hotel Transylvania, which creator Todd Durham has since transformed into a lucrative animated franchise starring Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez. Michael Waters, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hotel Transylvania 3': Meet the Voices Behind Each Animated Character," 13 July 2018 One sent him an animated GIF of a dog shaking its head, and another suggested Mr. Woods had fallen for a scam. Telis Demos, WSJ, "You Accidentally Sent $149 to a Stranger on Venmo? Good Luck Getting It Back," 12 July 2018 The president, who doesn’t drink alcohol, huddled during the cocktail reception with Stoltenberg for several minutes, before being joined by Merkel for an animated discussion. Washington Post, "No shove, but Trump body language speaks to frosty relations," 11 July 2018 The president, who doesn't drink alcohol, huddled during the cocktail reception with Stoltenberg for several minutes, before being joined by Merkel for an animated discussion. Jonathan Lemire And Darlene Superville,, "No shove, but Trump body language speaks to frosty relations," 11 July 2018 Summer Camp Island An elephant and a hedgehog find themselves at a wacky summer camp as this animated series premieres with a marathon of 20 quarter-hour episodes. Matt Cooper,, "Saturday's TV highlights and weekend talk shows: 'Justice League' on HBO and more," 7 July 2018 In Young Justice: Outsiders, the teenage superheroes of the DC universe come of age in an animated world of super-powers, super-villains, and super-secrets. Phillip Molnar,, "Comic-Con 2018: Here's your Friday schedule," 6 July 2018 His first animated creation, The Simpsons, is about to enter its 30th season, and Futurama developed such a strong cult following that it was brought back from the dead a couple times. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Matt Groening's 'Disenchantment' Gets Its First Trailer," 28 June 2018 And Roger Rabbit was the rare box office hit that didn’t garner a sequel (though its title character starred in a handful of animated shorts). Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Chinatown, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and L.A. Confidential explore the shady deals that built the sprawling megalopolis.," 22 June 2018

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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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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of animated 

1 : endowed with life or the qualities of life

2 : full of movement and activity

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