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enliven

verb en·liv·en \in-ˈlī-vən, en-\

: to make (something) more interesting, lively, or enjoyable

Full Definition of ENLIVEN

transitive verb
:  to give life, action, or spirit to :  animate <fresh flowers enliven the room>
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Examples of ENLIVEN

  1. He enlivened his speech with a few jokes.
  2. a soup enlivened by chili peppers
  3. A few touches of color will enliven the room.

First Known Use of ENLIVEN

1604

Synonym Discussion of ENLIVEN

quicken, animate, enliven, vivify mean to make alive or lively. quicken stresses a sudden renewal of life or activity especially in something inert <the arrival of spring quickens the earth>. animate emphasizes the imparting of motion or vitality to what is or might be mechanical or artificial <happiness animated his conversation>. enliven suggests a stimulus that arouses from dullness or torpidity <enlivened her lectures with humorous anecdotes>. vivify implies a freshening or energizing through renewal of vitality <new blood needed to vivify the dying club>.
ENLIVENED Defined for Kids

enliven

verb en·liv·en \in-ˈlī-vən\
en·liv·eneden·liv·en·ing

Definition of ENLIVEN for Kids

:  to put life or spirit into <Games enlivened the party.>

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