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  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
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  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
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Word Origin and History for animatedly



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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