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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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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13 May 2021

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“Animated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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