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liven

[lahy-vuh n] /ˈlaɪ vən/
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
1880-1885
1880-85; aphetic variant of enliven
Related forms
livener, noun
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liven

/ˈlaɪvən/
verb
1.
(usually foll by up) to make or become lively; enliven
Derived Forms
livener, noun
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liven

v.

1884, colloquial shortening of 17c. enliven, usually with up. Related: Livened; livening.

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