liven

verb
liv·​en | \ ˈlī-vən How to pronounce liven (audio) \
livened; livening\ ˈlī-​və-​niŋ How to pronounce livening (audio) , ˈlīv-​niŋ \

Definition of liven

transitive verb

: enliven often used with up he … livened up the editorial pageCurrent Biography

Examples of liven in a Sentence

He played some music to liven the atmosphere.

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The conversations are livened up with relevant archival materials and still images by artists such as Kerry James Marshall, Jacob Lawrence, Kara Walker, and Gordon Parks. Marella Gayla, BostonGlobe.com, "Putting together the pieces of Toni Morrison," 26 June 2019 Despite the quick foray into traffic and a couple of visits to a local restaurant, the entire film is set inside the couple’s house, where some intentionally absurdist touches liven things up. Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Blowing Up Right Now': Film Review," 16 June 2019 Add a Touch of Whimsy When looking to liven up a small, dark niche, unexpected color and coziness can go a long way to transform the space into something special. Chantal Lamers, Sunset, "There’s No Home Design Problem a Banquette Can’t Solve," 22 Jan. 2018 An entertainingly scenery-chewing Richard Dreyfuss performance intermittently livens up a movie that’s otherwise fairly unremarkable. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Reviews for ‘Daughter of the Wolf,’ ‘Lost Angelas,’ ‘Head Count,’ ‘Killer Unicorn,’ ‘Vault’," 13 June 2019 Using the tools on Houzz.com and partnering with designer Andrea Fava from Motivo Home, Upton reimagined Christie's once-drab home, livening things up with texture and pattern. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Kate Upton Just Secretly Renovated Her Sister's Home," 10 Apr. 2019 However, its traditional fire-pit design with a classy black finish will liven up any backyard bonfire. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Portable Fire Pits to Build a Campfire Anywhere," 6 May 2019 The weather was a bit dreary (so, typical for England) but Kate livened up the event in a gorgeous olive outfit. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Braves the Rain in an Olive Sportsmax Coat and Manu Atelier Clutch," 6 Mar. 2019 But at home, a few flowers, herbs, and oils in a bath or steaming in a shower can do wonders to liven up the senses, for relaxation or restoration. Dianca London Potts, SELF, "8 Modern Witches Share Their Daily Beauty Rituals," 11 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of liven

circa 1628, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of liven was circa 1628

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liven

verb

English Language Learners Definition of liven

: to make (something) more lively, interesting, or exciting
: to become more lively, interesting, or exciting

liven

verb
liv·​en | \ ˈlī-vən How to pronounce liven (audio) \
livened; livening

Kids Definition of liven

: to make or become lively
Hint: Liven is often used with up. He knows how to liven up a meeting.

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