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

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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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The Shazam! actor, who portrayed Flynn Rider for the 2010 animated film, sang the popular Disney song with Mandy Moore, who played Rapunzel. Matt Mcnulty,, "Zachary Levi Serenades Teen Girl with Tangled’s ‘I See the Light’ During Hospital Visit," 8 June 2019 Universal's animated film, which includes the voice work of Patton Oswalt and Kevin Hart, is expected to make around $50 million this weekend. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "Can the X-Men beat the 'Secret Life of Pets' at the box office this weekend?," 7 June 2019 Secret Life of Pets, Chris Renaud's animated film about what pets do when their owners are not around, is back this summer with a sequel. Kristin Vartan, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Secret Life of Pets 2': Meet the Voices Behind Each Animated Performer," 7 June 2019 Find out what our editors recommend watching below: 06 This Oscar-winning animated film based on the iconic Spiderman film series is coming to Netflix. Joi-marie Mckenzie, Essence, "6 Must-Binge Titles Coming To Netflix In June," 4 June 2019 West's sartorial inspiration for the film appears to be Jessie, the animated cowgirl from Pixar's Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "North West Stars in Her First Music Video Featuring Kim Kardashian," 15 May 2019 There was an all-over orange outfit that followed, with a standout Dries Van Noten bag, and then an especially wacky, animated Walter Von Beirendonck jacket made to look like a crude skeleton. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Lil Uzi Vert Even Gets Dressed Up to Go to the Dentist," 8 May 2019 Joe was no longer limited to 30-second animated commercials—the franchise could have its own cartoon. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Yo, Joe: How a 12-Inch Soldier Doll Became a Toy Legend," 9 Apr. 2019 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

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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 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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