an·​i·​mat·​ed ˈa-nə-ˌmā-təd How to pronounce animated (audio)
: endowed with life or the qualities of life : alive
animated creatures
: full of movement and activity
an animated crowd
: 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
animatedly adverb

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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.

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

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 An animated Bivens spun, shouted and punched the air in celebration. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 30 June 2024 The Pixar/Disney release cleared a staggering $100 million in North America over the June 21-23 weekend in a first for an animated or PG-rated film after passing up Illumination and Universal’s 2023 entry The Super Mario Bros. Movie ($92 million). Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 June 2024 The original animated flick is set around a pampered cat named Duchess and her precocious kitties Marie, Toulouse, and Berlioz, living in a fancy mansion with a wealthy owner. Rendy Jones,, 19 June 2024 The animated spinoff was first announced in August 2022, but few details have been shared until now. Liza Esquibias, Peoplemag, 18 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for animated 

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Word History


see animate entry 1

First Known Use

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of animated was in 1534

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Cite this Entry

“Animated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


an·​i·​mat·​ed ˈan-ə-ˌmāt-əd How to pronounce animated (audio)
: full of life and energy : lively
: appearing to be alive or moving
: made in the form of an animated cartoon
an animated movie
animatedly adverb

Medical Definition


an·​i·​mat·​ed -ˌmāt-əd How to pronounce animated (audio)
: endowed with life or the qualities of life
: full of movement and activity

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