[ an-uh-mey-tid ]
/ ˈæn əˌmeɪ tɪd /


full of life, action, or spirit; lively; vigorous: an animated debate on the death penalty.
made or equipped to move or give the appearance of moving in an animallike fashion: animated puppets.
containing representations of animals or mechanical objects that appear to move as real ones do: an animated window display.

Nearby words

  1. animalistic,
  2. animality,
  3. animalize,
  4. animally,
  5. animate,
  6. animated cartoon,
  7. animated oat,
  8. animately,
  9. animatic,
  10. animation

Origin of animated

First recorded in 1525–35; animate + -ed2

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[ verb an-uh-meyt; adjective an-uh-mit ]
/ verb ˈæn əˌmeɪt; adjective ˈæn ə mɪt /

verb (used with object), an·i·mat·ed, an·i·mat·ing.


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

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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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for animated


/ (ˈænɪˌmeɪtɪd) /


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


verb (ˈænɪˌmeɪt) (tr)

adjective (ˈænɪmɪt)

being alive or having life
gay, spirited, or lively

Word Origin for animate

C16: from Latin animāre to fill with breath, make alive, from anima breath, spirit

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Word Origin and History for animated
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