Definition of enliven in English:

enliven

Line breaks: en|liven
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈlʌɪv(ə)n
 
, ɛn-/

verb

[with object]
1Make (something) more entertaining, interesting, or appealing: the wartime routine was enlivened by a series of concerts
More example sentences
  • And as a prolific writer armed with wit, his articles enlivened the pages of the magazines.
  • Set in a Fife factory and drawn from personal experiences, the bleak subject is enlivened with humour and wit.
  • Entertainment workers enlivened the rally with their acts.
Synonyms
brighten up, make more interesting, make more exciting, liven up, put some spirit into, add colour to, wake up, give a lift/boost to, ginger up; improve, enhance, season, leaven, add spice to, spice up, revitalize, vitalize
informal perk up, jazz up, pep up, zhoosh (up)
1.1Make (someone) more cheerful or animated: the visit had clearly enlivened my mother
More example sentences
  • What enlivens us and mobilizes the will to live in each of us is profoundly unique.
  • Their words, she says, not only enliven her but also help jog her memory about speeches she's given during the past 15 years.
  • The music of Laurie Lewis will surprise you, enliven you, and cause you to reflect - just like bird songs themselves.
Synonyms
cheer up, brighten up, liven up, raise someone's spirits, uplift, gladden, ginger up, buoy up, make lively, waken/wake up; hearten, stimulate, galvanize, fire, light a fire under, boost, rejuvenate, animate, give life to, vivify, vitalize, exhilarate, invigorate, restore, revive, rouse, refresh
informal perk up, buck up, pep up

Origin

mid 17th century (in the sense 'restore to life, give life to'; formerly also as inliven): from 16th-century enlive, inlive (in the same sense), from en-1, in-2 (as an intensifier) + life.

Derivatives

enlivener

noun
More example sentences
  • Parsley, enlivener of mashed potatoes, has long been used to banish bloating.
  • To be effective as an enlivener of others, a clergyman should have his own growth group for continuing professional renewal.
  • An enlivener of many a house party, he overcame academic challenges, especially encounters with French, to earn his diploma in 1956.

enlivenment

noun
More example sentences
  • A sign of this enlivenment is the opening of new galleries, which will offer a refuge for both artists and admirers of their art.
  • As its manager and director from 1960 to 1963, King staged plays by white and black playwrights, including Milner's, eventually exchanging the middle class for a neighborhood audience to the enlivenment of the productions.

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