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enliven

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verb en·liv·en \in-ˈlī-vən, en-\

Simple Definition of enliven

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of enliven

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to give life, action, or spirit to :  animate <fresh flowers enliven the room>

Examples of enliven in a sentence

  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.



1604

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>.

ENLIVEN Defined for Kids

enliven

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verb en·liv·en \in-ˈlī-vən\

Definition of enliven for Students

enlivened

enlivening

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





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