- 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.
Origin of animated
- to give life to; make alive: God animated the dust.
- to make lively, vivacious, or vigorous; give zest or spirit to: Her presence animated the party.
- to fill with courage or boldness; encourage: to animate weary troops.
- to move or stir to action; motivate: He was animated by religious zeal.
- to give motion to: leaves animated by a breeze.
- 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.
- alive; possessing life: animate creatures.
- lively: an animate expression of joy.
- of or relating to animal life.
- able to move voluntarily.
- 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).
Origin of animate
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Related Wordsspirited, vivid, energetic, elated, brisk, alert, animate, excited, activated, active, ardent, buoyant, dynamic, ebullient, enthusiastic, fervent, gay, happy, passionate, peppy
Examples from the Web for animated
Decades ago, the writer-director wrote an episode of the animated comedy that never was.Here’s the Lost Judd Apatow ‘Simpsons’ Episode, Penned by Judd Apatow
January 6, 2015
After some animated debate at the conference, Lelaie declared, with some frustration, “If you push on the stick, you will fly.”Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?
January 4, 2015
One wonders if his subsequent battles with the “Evil Empire” were animated by this belief.The Evangelical Apocalypse Is All Your Fault
January 4, 2015
It is the most animated this Downton Abbey fan has ever seen Lady Grantham.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain
December 31, 2014
We animated them in white on a black background then burned them into the rest of the animation.Garfield Television: The Cat Who Saved Primetime Cartoons
November 5, 2014
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
The proceedings began with some animated discussion, all tending one way.Tiverton Tales
What is the mean temperature, Mr. Clawbonny, of animated beings?The Field of Ice
For a time our coffee made us chatty, and our conversation was animated.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
- 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
- to give life to or cause to come alive
- to make lively; enliven
- to encourage or inspire
- to impart motion to; move to action or work
- to record on film or video tape so as to give movement toan animated cartoon
- being alive or having life
- gay, spirited, or lively
Word Origin and History for animated
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.
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.
"alive," late 14c., from Latin animatus (see animate (v.)).