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.
Recent Examples on the Web Mueller’s halting testimony was not making for the most riveting TV, and Zucker was doing his best to liven things up. Sarah Ellison, Washington Post, "CNN and Jeff Zucker plot 2020 election coverage and promise things will be different," 30 July 2019 But events such as the debate are opportunities to liven things up on the Democrats' side, with or without Trump. Sarah Ellison, Washington Post, "CNN and Jeff Zucker plot 2020 election coverage and promise things will be different," 30 July 2019 This was the ideal palette for Ora to liven things up with her Prada chain link bag and Nike sneakers. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Rita Ora’s Post-VMAs Look Is a Slip Dress and Sneakers," 22 Aug. 2018 Plus, the trend may have been huge in the spring collections, but tangerine is actually great for right now, as a way to liven up fall outfits. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "Move Over, Neon Green—Tangerine Is the Next Big Color Trend, According to New York Fashion Week," 12 Sep. 2019 Tangy undertones livened up a soup with fish, tomatoes and greens. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Li’s Restaurant gives Chinese food fans a Sichuan fix in San Antonio’s Stone Oak," 5 Sep. 2019 An Elvis tribute artist and DJ playing 1950s and ’60s era music livened up Ramona American Graffiti Cruise’s first sock hop extravaganza. Ramona Sentinel, "Sock hop revelers dance alongside evening cruisers," 19 Aug. 2019 Play some board games Some friendly competition is a sure way to liven your event up. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "21 Friendsgiving Activities That Will Up Your Party Game," 29 July 2019 The joy of drinking beer outside amongst friends is well documented, but a 24-year old entrepreneur and his partner have found a new way to liven up a celebrated drinking tradition. Fortune, "How This 24-Year-Old Entrepreneur Is Updating the Biergarten Experience with Street Art," 13 July 2019

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First Known Use of liven

circa 1628, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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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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