Definition of enliven
: to give life, action, or spirit to : animate fresh flowers enliven the room
Examples of enliven in a Sentence
He enlivened his speech with a few jokes.
a soup enlivened by chili peppers
A few touches of color will enliven the room.
Recent Examples of enliven from the Web
Escobar’s house mix, combining Clamato juice, Tapatío and Worchestershire sauces and other ingredients, enlivens the Corona, usually Mexico’s most boring export.
Lobster ravioli is utterly lush, the tender pillows stuffed with ample meat and afloat in a bechamel lobster cream sauce enlivened with lemon.
Some bits are built up with fancy designs, while others are enlivened with acrobatics and dancing.
The dozen actors — many playing multiple roles — enliven the busy street scenes in Calcutta as country boy Pip attempts to negotiate them.
Dodge creates highly kinetic, collagelike compositions enlivened by zappy color and a huge variety of paint-applying techniques.
Boulevard’s enlivening beverages will provide an ideal complement to the band’s good-time jams.
Oram (Billy Crudup, valiantly enlivening a role defined by insecurity).
A hallmark of his 24-year career at the progressive Portland high school has been his drive to create tension to enliven an argument.
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ENLIVEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of enliven for English Language Learners
: to make (something) more interesting, lively, or enjoyable
ENLIVEN Defined for Kids
Definition of enliven for Students
: to put life or spirit into Games enlivened the party.
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