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 Insult humor isn’t new to high-profile ceremonies, which call on comics to liven up what can be tedious events. David Bauder,, 1 Apr. 2022 One easy way to decorate for spring without spending too much time and money is to liven up your front door with an artificial wreath and doormat. Carly Kulzer,, 14 Mar. 2022 There’s a whole wonderful world of bread beyond basic white, so why not liven up your table with one of the following bread types? Jill Gleeson, Country Living, 15 Apr. 2022 Check out Amazon's colored glassware storefront to liven up your kitchen, or start your shopping with these standout finds below. Rachel Simon,, 19 Mar. 2022 Patterned Surfaces Just like a bold area rug can liven up a living room and new tile can transform a bathroom, adding patterns underfoot is equally impactful outdoors. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Mar. 2022 Will these steps liven up the show, or give it an aura of flop sweat? oregonlive, 8 Mar. 2022 Connecting with new people could liven things up at this time. Tarot Astrologers,, 8 Feb. 2022 There are plenty of fake small plants that can liven up desks, floating bookshelves, windowsills, side tables, mantles, and many more areas. Isabel Garcia,, 6 Mar. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'liven.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of liven

circa 1628, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Learn More About liven

Time Traveler for liven

Time Traveler

The first known use of liven was circa 1628

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near liven

lively interest



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for liven

Last Updated

13 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Liven.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for liven


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.

More from Merriam-Webster on liven

Nglish: Translation of liven for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Eponyms: Words Named After People

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!