enliven

verb
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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The goal is to enliven the quaint downtown, drawing pedestrians to linger over coffee or ice cream in these patio areas, known as parklets. Kaitlyn Bartley, The Mercury News, "Can Los Gatos’ bold experiment bring the right kind of traffic downtown?," 1 July 2019 There's also fish and chips with batter thoughtfully enlivened by Saint Arnold's Brewery Art Car IPA. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Loch Bar brings seafood tavern concept to River Oaks," 21 June 2019 Conti and Pinori take us back in time instead, enlivening a medley of former lives that brighten not only their own souls, but also the spirits of those around them. Claudia Kalb, National Geographic, "See where Leonardo da Vinci still walks the streets," 6 June 2019 The last of these, in fact, is among a host of historical figures—including Queen Victoria, Karl Marx and the titular Charles Darwin—whose cameo appearances further enliven this memorable page-turner. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: A Most Victorian Conspiracy," 7 June 2019 In pastel Thom Browne suiting, Belgian actress Eline Powell enlivened Walt Disney’s upfronts, bringing catwalk direction and glam to a corporate presentation. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Brie Larson, Naomi Campbell, Gigi Hadid, and More of the Week’s Best Dressed Stars," 20 May 2019 Green glass abounds, and red accents vibrate just enough to enliven an otherwise placidly green space. Amy Merrick, WSJ, "The Cultish Home That Draws Fans of Americana Design," 3 Aug. 2018 After the melancholy mood of Spring, the mesmerizing painterly florals were a welcome dose of sunshine, enlivening everything from all-weather parkas to Lurex sweaters and lace-trim frocks. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 10 Shows of New York Fashion Week Fall 2019," 14 Feb. 2019 But his new creative approaches enlivened and elevated the art. Stuart Isacoff, WSJ, "Dada: If Life Is Absurd, Why Not Have the Last Laugh?," 16 Oct. 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 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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