liven

verb liv·en \ ˈlī-vən \

Definition of liven

livened; livening play \ˈlī-və-niŋ, ˈlīv-niŋ\
transitive verb
:enliven often used with up
  • he … livened up the editorial page
  • Current Biography
intransitive verb
:to become lively

Examples of liven in a Sentence

  1. He played some music to liven the atmosphere.

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First Known Use of liven

circa 1628


LIVEN Defined for English Language Learners

liven

verb

Definition of liven for English Language Learners

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

  • : to become more lively, interesting, or exciting


LIVEN Defined for Kids

liven

verb liv·en \ ˈlī-vən \

Definition of liven for Students

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


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