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.

1525–35; animate + -ed2

animatedly, adverb
nonanimated, adjective
overanimated, adjective
overanimatedly, adverb
semianimated, adjective
unanimated, adjective
unanimatedly, adverb Unabridged


[v. an-uh-meyt; adj. an-uh-mit]
verb (used with object), animated, animating.
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 prepare or produce as an animated cartoon: to animate a children's story.
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 ).

1375–1425; late Middle English animat < Latin animātus filled with breath or air, quickened, animated (past participle of animāre). See anima, -ate1

animately, adverb
animateness, noun
animatingly, adverb
interanimate, verb (used with object), interanimated, interanimating.
nonanimate, adjective
nonanimating, adjective
nonanimatingly, adverb
semianimate, adjective
unanimating, adjective
unanimatingly, adverb

1. vivify, quicken, vitalize. 2. energize, fortify. 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: Alcohol stimulates. 3. inspire, inspirit, hearten, arouse, exhilarate. 4. excite, incite, fire, urge, kindle, prompt.

1. kill. 7. dead. Unabridged
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1.  to give life to or cause to come alive
2.  to make lively; enliven
3.  to encourage or inspire
4.  to impart motion to; move to action or work
5.  to record on film or video tape so as to give movement to: an animated cartoon
6.  being alive or having life
7.  gay, spirited, or lively
[C16: from Latin animāre to fill with breath, make alive, from anima breath, spirit]

animated (ˈænɪˌmeɪtɪd)
1.  full of vivacity and spirit; lively
2.  characterized by movement and activity: an animated scene met her eye
3.  possessing life; animate
4.  moving or appearing to move as if alive: an animated display
5.  pertaining to cinematographic animation

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Word Origin & History

1530s, "to fill with boldness or courage,"from L. animatus pp. of animare "give breath to," also "to endow with a particular spirit, to give courage to," from anima "life, breath" (see animus). The adj. meaning "alive" is from c.1600.

pp. adj., 1530s, "alive;" see animate. Meaning "mentally excited" is from 1530s; "full of activity" from 1580s. The "moving pictures" sense is attested from 1895; of cartoons from 1897.
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Example sentences
He gets transfixed by beeping, animated things but has almost no such toys.
Yet that, as the animated video here shows, is what seems now to be happening.
Kids make a lot of mistakes about what is animated and what is not.
His creations, including links to animated videos, can be found here.
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