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a person or thing that .
an artist who draws cartoons.
Contemporary Examples

An installation by South African animator William Kentridge, vaguely on the subject of time, recalls 1920s expressionist theater.
The Art Exhibition Documenta Contains Almost Too Much Good Art to Experience Blake Gopnik June 8, 2012

I wanted to be an animator when I was a kid so I really enjoy that kind of work.
‘Saturday Night Live’ Star Bobby Moynihan Is the ‘Chozen’ One Kevin Fallon January 12, 2014

Vladimir Shahettinin, a 40-year-old computer programmer and animator, makes what he describes as “patriotic cartoons.”
Ukraine’s Vigilante Peacemakers James Kirchick May 16, 2014

Historical Examples

The substantial cause, the efficient of the worlds, the animator of spirits.
The Sarva-Darsana-Samgraha Madhava Acharya

So, though Picasso remains the animator of the doctrinaire school or schools, Lhote may become the master.
Since Czanne Clive Bell

an artist who produces animated cartoons
(Canadian) a person who coordinates or facilitates something, esp a television or radio presenter

1630s, “one who enlivens or inspires,” from Latin animator, agent noun from animare (see animate (v.)). Cinematographic sense is from 1919.


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