adjective an·i·mat·ed \ -ˌmā-təd \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of animated

1 a :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



Examples of animated in a Sentence

  1. She gave an animated description of the project.

  2. After dinner, the discussion got more animated.

  3. Many movies for kids are animated rather than live-action.

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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.

Origin and Etymology of animated

Synonym Discussion of 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

Other Performing Arts Terms

ANIMATED Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of animated for English Language Learners

  • : 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

ANIMATED Defined for Kids


adjective an·i·mat·ed \ ˈa-nə-ˌmā-təd \

Definition of animated for Students

1 :full of life and energy :lively
  • an animated discussion
2 :appearing to be alive or moving
  • animated cartoon characters

Medical Dictionary


adjective 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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