liven up

liven

[lahy-vuhn]
verb (used with object)
1.
to put life into; rouse; enliven; cheer (often followed by up ): What can we do to liven up the party?
verb (used without object)
2.
to become more lively; brighten (usually followed by up ): If this party doesn't liven up soon, let's leave.

Origin:
1880–85; aphetic variant of enliven

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

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liven
1884, colloquial shortening of 17c. enliven.
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