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 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 New acquaintances enliven your social circle, but use discretion if someone seems a little too complex or controversial. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 14 May 2020 The car, commissioned especially for the French couturière by film mogul Sam Goldwyn, featured an all-white interior and Champagne aplenty, which might have helped enliven the experience of traversing the country. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "Inside Chanel’s Tweed and Celeb-Filled Pre-Oscar Party," 9 Feb. 2020 Missing was the playfulness that helps enliven the central movements. Los Angeles Times, "Review: The Budapest Festival Orchestra takes over the Bowl," 31 July 2019 Elsewhere, dogs are helping to deliver groceries to senior citizens, enlivening their days during a period of dreary self-quarantine. Washington Post, "Delivery by dog: A new way to get wine and groceries in the age of social distancing," 7 Apr. 2020 Hudson said the effort to find therapies and vaccines has enlivened Sanofi. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Big pharma’s big chance," 3 Apr. 2020 Andrew Cuomo, 62, and the CNN anchor are sons of the late New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, and that teasing big brother-little brother dynamic often enlivens their appearances together. David Bauder, Anchorage Daily News, "CNN host Chris Cuomo says he has coronavirus, has shown symptoms," 31 Mar. 2020 There is nothing like wonderful houseplants for enlivening a winter home. Earl Nickel, SFChronicle.com, "Houseplants brighten the winter home," 24 Jan. 2020 Proponents tout it as a potential gateway to the new Bowtie State Park and a catalyst for enlivening more of the river with snazzy development and bike trails. Los Angeles Times, "Can Los Angeles blend new housing with river restoration? This is the first big test," 29 Sep. 2019

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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 26 May. 2020.

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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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