enliven

verb en·liv·en \ in-ˈlī-vən , en- \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of enliven

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

Examples of enliven in a Sentence

  1. He enlivened his speech with a few jokes.

  2. a soup enlivened by chili peppers

  3. A few touches of color will enliven the room.

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First Known Use of enliven

1604

Synonym Discussion of 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

ENLIVEN Defined for English Language Learners

enliven

verb

Definition of enliven for English Language Learners

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


ENLIVEN Defined for Kids

enliven

verb en·liv·en \ in-ˈlī-vən \

Definition of enliven for Students

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


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