Synonyms & Antonyms of animated

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2 marked by much life, movement, or activity
  • an animated marketplace full of vendors and holiday shoppers

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past tense of animate

Synonyms & Antonyms of animated (Entry 2 of 2)

to give life, vigor, or spirit to
  • Mr. Clark animates history for his sixth graders by frequently showing up for class dressed like some famous historical figure

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Frequently Asked Questions About animated

How does the adjective animated contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of animated are gay, lively, sprightly, and vivacious. While all these words mean "keenly alive and spirited," animated applies to what is spirited and active.

an animated discussion of current events

When can gay be used instead of animated?

While in some cases nearly identical to animated, gay stresses complete freedom from care and overflowing spirits.

the gay spirit of Paris in the 1920s

When is lively a more appropriate choice than animated?

Although the words lively and animated have much in common, lively suggests briskness, alertness, or energy.

a lively debate on the issues

When would sprightly be a good substitute for animated?

The words sprightly and animated can be used in similar contexts, but sprightly suggests lightness and spirited vigor of manner or wit.

a tuneful, sprightly musical

When might vivacious be a better fit than animated?

The synonyms vivacious and animated are sometimes interchangeable, but vivacious suggests an activeness of gesture and wit, often playful or alluring.

a vivacious party host

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The first known use of animated was in 1534

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animated cartoon

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“Animated.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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