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animated

[an-uh-mey-tid]
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adjective
  1. full of life, action, or spirit; lively; vigorous: an animated debate on the death penalty.
  2. made or equipped to move or give the appearance of moving in an animallike fashion: animated puppets.
  3. containing representations of animals or mechanical objects that appear to move as real ones do: an animated window display.
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Origin of animated

First recorded in 1525–35; animate + -ed2
Related formsan·i·mat·ed·ly, adverbnon·an·i·mat·ed, adjectiveo·ver·an·i·mat·ed, adjectiveo·ver·an·i·mat·ed·ly, adverbsem·i·an·i·mat·ed, adjectiveun·an·i·mat·ed, adjectiveun·an·i·mat·ed·ly, adverb

animate

[verb an-uh-meyt; adjective an-uh-mit]
verb (used with object), an·i·mat·ed, an·i·mat·ing.
  1. to give life to; make alive: God animated the dust.
  2. to make lively, vivacious, or vigorous; give zest or spirit to: Her presence animated the party.
  3. to fill with courage or boldness; encourage: to animate weary troops.
  4. to move or stir to action; motivate: He was animated by religious zeal.
  5. to give motion to: leaves animated by a breeze.
  6. to render or produce (a story, character, movie, etc.) by using animation: to animate a children's story;to animate the characters in a video game;an animated film.
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adjective
  1. alive; possessing life: animate creatures.
  2. lively: an animate expression of joy.
  3. of or relating to animal life.
  4. able to move voluntarily.
  5. Linguistics. belonging to a syntactic category or having a semantic feature that is characteristic of words denoting beings regarded as having perception and volition (opposed to inanimate).
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Origin of animate

1375–1425; late Middle English animat < Latin animātus filled with breath or air, quickened, animated (past participle of animāre). See anima, -ate1
Related formsan·i·mate·ly, adverban·i·mate·ness, nounan·i·mat·ing·ly, adverbin·ter·an·i·mate, verb (used with object), in·ter·an·i·mat·ed, in·ter·an·i·mat·ing.non·an·i·mate, adjectivenon·an·i·mat·ing, adjectivenon·an·i·mat·ing·ly, adverbsem·i·an·i·mate, adjectiveun·an·i·mat·ing, adjectiveun·an·i·mat·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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1. vivify, quicken, vitalize. 2. energize, fortify. 3. inspire, inspirit, hearten, arouse, exhilarate. 4. excite, incite, fire, urge, kindle, prompt.

Synonym study

2. Animate, invigorate, stimulate mean to enliven. To animate is to create a liveliness: Health and energy animated his movements. To invigorate means to give physical vigor, to refresh, to exhilarate: Mountain air invigorates. To stimulate is to arouse a latent liveliness on a particular occasion: Caffeine will stimulate you and keep you alert.

Antonyms

1. kill. 7. dead.
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Examples from the Web for animated

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Historical Examples

  • The Redistribution Bill was carried, January, 1885, after animated debate.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • But Camilla's letter had, as we have seen, raised his courage and animated his heart.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The proceedings began with some animated discussion, all tending one way.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • What is the mean temperature, Mr. Clawbonny, of animated beings?

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

  • For a time our coffee made us chatty, and our conversation was animated.


British Dictionary definitions for animated

animated

adjective
  1. full of vivacity and spirit; lively
  2. characterized by movement and activityan animated scene met her eye
  3. possessing life; animate
  4. moving or appearing to move as if alivean animated display
  5. pertaining to cinematographic animation
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Derived Formsanimatedly, adverb

animate

verb (ˈænɪˌmeɪt) (tr)
  1. to give life to or cause to come alive
  2. to make lively; enliven
  3. to encourage or inspire
  4. to impart motion to; move to action or work
  5. to record on film or video tape so as to give movement toan animated cartoon
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adjective (ˈænɪmɪt)
  1. being alive or having life
  2. gay, spirited, or lively
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin animāre to fill with breath, make alive, from anima breath, spirit
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Word Origin and History for animated

adj.

1530s, "alive," past participle adjective from animate (v.). Meaning "mentally excited" is from 1530s; "full of activity" from 1580s. The "moving pictures" sense is attested from 1895; of cartoons from 1897. Related: Animatedly.

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animate

v.

1530s, "to fill with boldness or courage," from Latin animatus past participle of animare "give breath to," also "to endow with a particular spirit, to give courage to," from anima "life, breath" (see animus). Sense of "give life to" in English attested from 1742. Related: Animated; animating.

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animate

adj.

"alive," late 14c., from Latin animatus (see animate (v.)).

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