[ an-uh-mey-tid ]
See synonyms for: animatedanimatedly on

  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.

  1. containing representations of animals or mechanical objects that appear to move as real ones do: an animated window display.

Origin of animated

First recorded in 1525–35; animate + -ed2

Other words from animated

  • an·i·mat·ed·ly, adverb
  • non·an·i·mat·ed, adjective
  • o·ver·an·i·mat·ed, adjective
  • o·ver·an·i·mat·ed·ly, adverb
  • sem·i·an·i·mat·ed, adjective
  • un·an·i·mat·ed, adjective
  • un·an·i·mat·ed·ly, adverb

Words Nearby animated Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use animated in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for animated


/ (ˈænɪˌmeɪtɪd) /

  1. full of vivacity and spirit; lively

  2. characterized by movement and activity: an animated scene met her eye

  1. possessing life; animate

  2. moving or appearing to move as if alive: an animated display

  3. pertaining to cinematographic animation

Derived forms of animated

  • animatedly, adverb

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