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 Later Barnum Brown, the discoverer of Tyrannosaurus rex, provided expertise to Walt Disney during the production of its 1940 animated film Fantasia. Matthew A. Brown, Scientific American, "The Real Dilophosaurus Would Have Eaten the Jurassic Park Version for Breakfast," 1 Jan. 2021 Each participating artist contributed their own interpretation of a bird, which then became a character in an animated short film titled Together, which offers a powerful message about solidarity and interdependence. Ariana Marsh, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Culture Lover’s January Guide," 1 Jan. 2021 Just seeing the name above an animated film is enough to get fans' hearts beating and emotions running. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "The definitive ranking of all 23 Pixar movies (including 'Soul')," 29 Dec. 2020 Given the doldrums of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, the animated film’s popularity boiled over in August when TikTok star Emily Jacobsen (@e_jaccs) sang an ode to the culinary rodent. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, "After viral summer, ‘Ratatouille’ TikTok musical lands Tituss Burgess, Wayne Brady," 28 Dec. 2020 There will be some who dismiss the animated film as simply a child’s flick. Tanya Christian, Glamour, "Soul Review: I Beg You to Watch Pixar's New Ground-Breaking Movie," 25 Dec. 2020 An animated film based on the book is scheduled to be released in 2027. Bob Egelko,, "Court says 'Star Trek' comic was attempting to 'boldly go' where Dr. Seuss had gone before," 21 Dec. 2020 While some fans might miss those previous elements, Caro has skillfully woven in nods to the animated film in her own interpretation of the legend. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "The 15 best films of a bizarre (and probably historic) year for film," 19 Dec. 2020 Continuing the legacy of the 1991 animated film, composer Alan Menken is also returning to write new music for the series. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Zut alors! Beauty and the Beast live-action prequel series officially coming to Disney+," 11 Dec. 2020

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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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25 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Animated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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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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