animated

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adjective an·i·mat·ed \-ˌmā-təd\

Definition of animated

  1. 1a :  endowed with life or the qualities of life :  alive animated creaturesb :  full of movement and activity an animated crowdc :  full of vigor and spirit :  lively an animated discussion

  2. 2 :  having the appearance of something alive an unusually animated piece of sculpture

  3. 3 :  made in the form of an animated cartoon an animated film

animatedly

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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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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

see 1animate

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

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ANIMATED Defined for English Language Learners

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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

animated

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adjective an·i·mat·ed \ˈa-nə-ˌmā-təd\

Definition of animated for Students

  1. 1 :  full of life and energy :  lively an animated discussion

  2. 2 :  appearing to be alive or moving animated cartoon characters


Medical Dictionary

animated

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adjective an·i·mat·ed \-ˌmāt-əd\

Medical Definition of animated

  1. 1:  endowed with life or the qualities of life

  2. 2:  full of movement and activity



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