Definition of animated
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
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.
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.
First Known Use of animated
Synonym Discussion of animated
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
Medical Definition of animated
1: endowed with life or the qualities of life
2: full of movement and activity
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