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enliven

[en-lahy-vuh n] /ɛnˈlaɪ vən/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make vigorous or active; invigorate:
The wit of Mencken enlivened his age.
2.
to make sprightly or cheerful; brighten:
Flowers enliven any room.
Origin of enliven
1625-1635
1625-35; obsolete enlive to give life to (en-1 + life) + -en1
Related forms
enlivener, noun
enliveningly, adverb
enlivenment, noun
unenlivened, adjective
unenlivening, adjective
Synonyms
1. animate, inspirit, vivify, stimulate, quicken. 2. gladden. See cheer.
Antonyms
2. depress.
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  • We had no spur to enliven our thoughts in our monotonous life.

    On Commando Dietlof Van Warmelo
  • Every evening, as previously, Pierre strove to enliven him with an account of his strolls.

  • And the author of “Confusion Worse Confounded” tells a familiar story, which will enliven the history of our great critic.

  • She wanted to enliven the Abbe and to draw him out of his melancholy moodiness.

  • If her mood was one less calculated to enliven and to cheer him, it was yet better adapted to make his confidence.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • But Curly had no desire to enliven things, and went on quite seriously.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for enliven

enliven

/ɪnˈlaɪvən/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make active, vivacious, or spirited; invigorate
2.
to make cheerful or bright; gladden or brighten
Derived Forms
enlivener, noun
enlivening, adjective
enlivenment, noun
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Word Origin and History for enliven
v.

1630s, "give life to" (enlive in same sense is from 1590s); see en- (1) "make, put in" + life + -en (1). Meaning "make lively or cheerful" is from 1690s. Related: Enlivened; enlivening.

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