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  • IPA(key): /ˈæn.ɪ.meɪ.tɪd/
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  • Hyphenation: an‧i‧mated


animated (comparative more animated, superlative most animated)

  1. Full of life or spirit; lively; vigorous; spritely.
    an animated discussion
    • 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter VIII, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
      The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again; [] . Our table in the dining-room became again the abode of scintillating wit and caustic repartee, Farrar bracing up to his old standard, and the demand for seats in the vicinity rose to an animated competition.
  2. Endowed with life.
    • 1825, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Aids to Reflection:
      Throughout animated Nature, of each characteristic Organ and Faculty there exists a preassurance, an instinctive and practical anticipation; and no preassurance common to a whole species does in any instance prove delusive.
  3. Composed of inanimate objects or drawings that have the illusion of motion through the use of computer graphics or stop-action filming.
    an animated film





  1. simple past and past participle of animate