verb (used with object)
to put life into; rouse; enliven; cheer (often followed by up ): What can we do to liven up the party?
verb (used without object)
to become more lively; brighten (usually followed by up ): If this party doesn't liven up soon, let's leave.

1880–85; aphetic variant of enliven

livener, noun Unabridged
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liven (ˈlaɪvən)
(usually foll by up) to make or become lively; enliven

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Word Origin & History

1884, colloquial shortening of 17c. enliven.
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Example sentences
Administrators are finding new ways to liven up the experience.
One way to liven up a winter salad is with seasonal fruit.
Then the radio station decided to let the people in, hoping an audience would
  liven up the show.
They liven up your writing and make it more interesting.
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