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 enliven (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 the kind of effort that would enliven any classroom exercise. BostonGlobe.com, "For this Concord class, history unfolds right in the middle of their town," 19 Apr. 2021 Making progress toward achieving a personal goal can enliven the workplace just as well as working toward the next promotion. Gina Lavery, Forbes, "Three Ways To Be An Inspiring Leader Right Now," 9 Mar. 2021 Bronzing is another quick and easy way to enliven the face. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, "Skinmalism: Your Guide To The Biggest Beauty Trend For 2021," 19 Mar. 2021 The calendars of mariachi bands nationwide used to be full of dates for weddings, quinceañeras and serenades where the vigorous music of Mexican culture helped enliven some of life’s most joyous moments. New York Times, "Mariachis Play On, Their Music Unsilenced by the Virus or the Deaths," 24 Mar. 2021 The bathroom, the structure’s only closed space, is painted a bold orange to enliven the space and is outfitted with HD Supply tile and basic plumbing and electrical supplies from Home Depot. Los Angeles Times, "He challenged himself to build an ADU for under $100,000. What’s his secret?," 18 Mar. 2021 As of late, our editors have been diving headfirst into warm-weather dressing, sporting cheerful outfits intended to enliven each day. Rachel Besser, Vogue, "On Instagram, Follow Along as Vogue Editors Go Shopping in The Get," 16 Mar. 2021 Blue-and-white marbled lamps and a large, colorful painting enliven the quiet surroundings. Laura Fenton, Better Homes & Gardens, "Layers of Pattern and Color Add Standout Style to a Previously Plain Home," 9 Mar. 2021 An early January date would raise its profile and enliven the show. Los Angeles Times, "The Golden Globes need to go. Here’s an alternative, and it’s waiting in the wings," 8 Mar. 2021

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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 18 May. 2021.

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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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