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 uphe … livened up the editorial pageCurrent Biography

Examples of liven in a Sentence

He played some music to liven the atmosphere.
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First Known Use of liven

circa 1628, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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11 Jul 2020

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“Liven.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of liven

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


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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