[an-uh-mey-shuh n] /ˌæn əˈmeɪ ʃən/

quality; liveliness; vivacity; spirit:
to talk with animation.
an act or instance of or enlivening.
the state or condition of being .
the process of preparing cartoons.
liveliness; vivacity
the condition of being alive


1590s, “action of imparting life,” from Latin animationem (nominative animatio) “an animating,” noun of action from past participle stem of animare (see animate (v.)). Meaning “vitality” is from 1610s. Cinematographic sense is from 1912.

animation an·i·ma·tion (ān’ə-mā’shən)


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