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

Definition of enliven

transitive verb

: to give life, action, or spirit to : animate fresh flowers enliven the room

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Other Words from enliven

enlivenment \ in-​ˈlī-​vən-​mənt How to pronounce enliven (audio) , en-​ \ 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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Every season celebrities fill the front rows at the city’s key shows and enliven the party circuit with their presence. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 8 Sep. 2021 One corner of the office is dedicated to another tool to clear the mind but enliven the body. Michael Alpiner, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Ingram and Tharp’s natural chemistry, lilting accents, and light-hearted banter help enliven the overstuffed story at first. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2021 Supporters say the project would enliven a declining Grand Avenue. James Walsh, Star Tribune, 15 July 2021 The spice level of the pineapple and tomato sauce is sufficient to enliven both the chicken and the mango with notes of pepper. Joanna O'leary, Chron, 5 Aug. 2021 Leftover gazpacho is a great way to enliven a green salad. Washington Post, 14 July 2021 Pops of color can help enliven and uplift a monochromatic color scheme, while also allowing for versatility. chicagotribune.com, 23 June 2021 The paper has also been frustrated in its efforts to enliven a sluggish digital subscription business. New York Times, 3 May 2021

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First Known Use of enliven

1604, in the meaning defined above

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“Enliven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enliven. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of enliven

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


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

Kids Definition of enliven

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

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