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.
1. She was seen in animated conversation with the singer Yuri Marusin.
2. The boy was so bright and animated.
3. Her hand movements are becoming more animated.
4. A smile suddenly animated her face.
5. His observations gave rise to an animated and lively discussion.