enliven

verb
en·​liv·​en | \ in-ˈlī-vən , en-\

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 , 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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The Italian brand is synonymous with the supermodel era, and each season, Donatella Versace and her casting director Piergiorgio Del Moro enliven Milan with a surprise or two. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Shalom! Versace Brings Back a ’90s Supermodel," 21 Sep. 2018 The study, for instance, is grounded in black and white but enlivened with pops of mustard-yellow. Tim Mckeough, ELLE Decor, "A Mod, Mod World," 31 May 2012 That might sound as dry as a middle school science class, but Ignotofsky enlivens the concepts by illustrating them, showing how carbon moves through a sheep snacking on grass, pooping on the ground, and exhaling into the air. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Get a grip on the natural world with this beautiful manual for the planet," 15 Sep. 2018 In recent years, the once static couture schedule has been enlivened by new entrants like Fendi, Sonia Rykiel, and Ronald dan Der Kemp, who is on point with his elevation of upcycling at fashion’s highest level. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Couture Is All About the Details—Glorious Details. Here, Our 45 Best Close-Ups from the 2018 Collections," 29 Dec. 2018 Coming from one who grew up in your standard middle-class enclave, this is something to behold: The song's somber tones are enlivened by satellite views of in-ground pools and SUVs. Megan Diamondstein, Marie Claire, "Check This Out: Your Own Personal Music Video," 31 Aug. 2010 Offbeat casting decisions enliven Callahan’s otherwise repetitive A.A. meetings, including the reliably odd Udo Kier and marvelous turns from the musicians Beth Ditto of Gossip and Kim Gordon (formerly of Sonic Youth). Gus Van Sant, New York Times, "Review: Joaquin Phoenix Treks the Long Road to Sobriety in ‘Don’t Worry’," 11 July 2018 Early evening is particularly special, when fairy lights are switched on and a warm, soft light enlivens the place. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Gaudí in Barcelona: Our Guide," 3 Mar. 2018 The new downtown is expected to enliven the downtown by attracting more people, development and businesses. Marci Shatzman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "New Boynton Beach firehouse planned in downtown revamp," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of enliven

1604, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of enliven was in 1604

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enliven

verb

English Language Learners Definition of enliven

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

enliven

verb
en·​liv·​en | \ in-ˈlī-vən \
enlivened; enlivening

Kids Definition of enliven

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

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