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liven

play
verb liv·en \ˈlī-vən\

Simple Definition of liven

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

  • : to become more lively, interesting, or exciting

Full Definition of liven

liv·enedliv·en·ing play \ˈlī-və-niŋ, ˈlīv-niŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  enliven —often used with up <he…livened up the editorial page — Current Biography>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become lively

Examples of liven

  1. He played some music to liven the atmosphere.



1884

First Known Use of liven

1884



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