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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Much like The Big Short, Vice does an admirable—at times miraculous—job of explaining the complicated and enlivening what in other hands would be mere tedium, all in the service of better informing the public. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Should You See Adam McKay’s New Film, Vice?," 20 Dec. 2018 Curry leaves, mustard seeds and chile flakes enliven the dish, lending complexity and mild heat. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Floyd Cardoz’s Spiced Asparagus With Coconut and Turmeric Rice," 21 June 2018 By placing the spotlight on creatives from across the African continent, Beyoncé enlivened her wardrobe and introduced her many followers to a whole new set of covetable labels. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "In Celebrating the Talents of the African Continent, Beyoncé Made the Year’s Most Fashionable Statements," 21 Dec. 2018 This weird obsession apart, what is so enlivening about Gandhi is his willingness to learn and to change his mind. Ferdinand Mount, WSJ, "‘Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World’ Review: The Prophet as Politician," 1 Nov. 2018 An activity that is equal parts fun and delicious is sure to enliven any party. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "20 Halloween Party Ideas So Sophisticated They’ll Scare You," 18 Oct. 2018 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

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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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