Make or become more lively or interesting: [with object]: liven up bland foods with a touch of mustard [no object]: the match didn’t liven up until the second half
More example sentences
- A lively debate helps liven up the evening, exercises the mind and gets the blood flowing.
- Potent purple pigments in the blueberries are excellent for livening up the arteries, while their vitamin C content wakes up the immune system.
- Who cares; fact is, they've livened up the charts with bright and tuneful pop music that reveals exactly as much as you want at the moment.
informal buck up
brighten up, cheer up, enliven, animate, raise someone's spirits, perk up, spice up, make lively, wake up, invigorate, revive, refresh, vivify, galvanize, stimulate, stir up, get going
informal buck up, pep up