en·​liv·​en in-ˈlī-vən How to pronounce enliven (audio)
enlivened; enlivening; enlivens

transitive verb

: to give life, action, or spirit to : animate
fresh flowers enliven the room
enlivenment noun
plural enlivenments
But for the formation of opinion, for the stirring and enlivenment of thought, and for the discernment of colour and proportion, the gifts of travel … are priceless Winston Churchill
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of enliven was in 1604

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“Enliven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enliven. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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en·​liv·​en in-ˈlī-vən How to pronounce enliven (audio)
: to give life, action, or spirit to : animate
enliven the party with dance music

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