en·​liv·​en | \ in-ˈlī-vən How to pronounce enliven (audio) , 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 How to pronounce enlivenment (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 It’s enlivened by a boxing match and subplots involving younger members of the household. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Review: The inaugural Hartford Fringe Festival showing growing pains, but deserves a bigger audience," 21 Oct. 2019 Her filling is a hearty stew of white beans, zucchini and aromatic vegetables, bound by a sauce based on vegetable broth but enlivened by a little tomato paste, a small splash of white wine and chopped rosemary. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, "You can skip the pastry. These vegetable pot pies use a sweet potato crust.," 13 Oct. 2019 Gavron enlisted a mainly female crew — including cinematographer Helene Louvart, editor Maya Maffioli and composer Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch — and their empathy for the vulnerable characters enlivens the film. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Rocks': Film Review," 7 Oct. 2019 There wasn’t much beauty in Friday’s Blue Jays-Yankees game, a sloppy, back-and-forth affair enlivened by Bo Bichette’s walk-off dinger. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "37 MLB Players Destined to Become 'Guys' Who Will Be Remembered," 17 Sep. 2019 The library holds a baby grand piano and a seating area enlivened by a playful custom bench designed by Maloney’s associate Thiara Borges. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "Rehabbing an Arts and Crafts-style stunner in Harvard Square," 5 Sep. 2019 Also worthy is the lamb tartare, arranged prettily over overlapping lotus-root chips and enlivened by a soursop vinaigrette, made from the tropical fruit. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Label-defying, continent-hopping Flora Fauna still feeling its way," 5 Sep. 2019 It was meant to enliven our moral sensibility, not extinguish it. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, "Pioneers of Cultural Relativism," 14 Aug. 2019 The textures of silk, velvet, cashmere, and embroidery enliven the room. Jen Renzi, House Beautiful, "Transforming a Traditional Tudor into a Youthful Family Home," 15 Jan. 2014

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First Known Use of enliven

1604, in the meaning defined above

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“Enliven.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enliven?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=enlive01. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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