liv·​en | \ ˈlī-vən How to pronounce liven (audio) \
livened; livening\ ˈlī-​və-​niŋ How to pronounce liven (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.
Recent Examples on the Web This year marks the 34th annual edition of local drag queens and other glamorous party people gathering together in their finest and glitziest outfits and pumps to liven up Dupont Circle, following last year’s cancellation due to the pandemic. Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2020 Anytime is the perfect time to get a few new houseplants to enjoy, which can do wonders to liven up your indoor spaces. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Oct. 2021 The 6-foot-3, 298-pound grad student and Dudley native is known in many circles as a griller, food reviewer, social media guy, and someone who can liven up any situation with his quick wit., 8 Oct. 2021 Neutral tones are perennial staples, however delectable hues like hunter green or pink jacquard will instantly liven up your assortment. Laura Lajiness, Vogue, 27 Sep. 2021 Livener is a vibrant, powerful drink designed to liven the senses and perk you up. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 Plants are another easy way to liven up a small outdoor space; just be sure to choose varieties that are suitable for the light and temperatures on your balcony. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 July 2021 Every winter the community of Longyearbyen, the world's northernmost town at 78 degrees North latitude, holds a jazz festival to liven up the perpetual darkness. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 29 May 2021 Incorporating a video can be a great way to liven things up during your presentation, but keep it short and sweet to keep your audience engaged and wanting more. John Knightly, Forbes, 16 June 2021

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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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28 Oct 2021

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“Liven.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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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