an·​i·​mat·​ed | \ ˈa-nə-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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Recent Examples on the Web The beloved animated special, which first aired in 1969, returns to the airwaves. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of Nov. 24-30," 25 Nov. 2019 Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones and J.K. Simmons head the voice cast of this new animated holiday movie. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Holiday TV: Netflix, Disney Plus, other streaming services are adding new Christmas movies, too," 22 Nov. 2019 Visitors drive into a galaxy of twinkling lights and animated displays. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Here's where to see the best Christmas lights around Arizona," 22 Nov. 2019 Kick off the holiday season with this run/walk with a course illuminated by thousands of lights and larger-than-life animated displays. Jennifer Boehm,, "Best bets for families: Brunch with Santa, kid’s beach night, Harry Potter(y) and more," 19 Nov. 2019 Here is an animated image of the particulate matter and wind patterns on the Earth Wind Map, a project that maps data from the Copernicus Air Monitoring Service of the European Union. Vijayta Lalwani, Quartz India, "Did Delhi’s deadly smog just move 3,000 km to the south?," 19 Nov. 2019 Midway through its final season, BoJack has become both Netflix’s masterpiece and the best animated series of its generation. Judy Berman, Time, "The 10 Best TV Shows of the 2010s," 15 Nov. 2019 Weber then emerges from the animated windmill, rose in hand, with a smolder in his eyes. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Bachelor 2020: Of Course Peter Weber’s First Promo Includes a Windmill," 14 Nov. 2019 Both Taylor and Kent come off as straight shooters Both Taylor and Kent appeared to be unflappable under the glare of the national spotlight, even as Republicans sometimes became animated in their questioning., "Schiff says the facts are not seriously contested," 14 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of animated was in 1534

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29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Animated.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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How to pronounce animated (audio)

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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