Definition of enliven in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈlīvən/
Pronunciation: /enˈlīvən/


[with object]
1Make (something) more entertaining, interesting, or appealing: the wartime routine was enlivened by a series of concerts
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  • 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.
liven up, spice up, add spice to, ginger up, vitalize, leaven
informal perk up, pep up
1.1Make (someone) more cheerful or animated: the visit had clearly enlivened my mother
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  • 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.
cheer up, brighten up, liven up, raise someone's spirits, uplift, gladden, buoy up, animate, vivify, vitalize, invigorate, restore, revive, refresh, rejuvenate, re-energize, stimulate, rouse, boost, exhilarate, light a fire under
informal perk up, buck up, pep up



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.


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.


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.

Words that rhyme with enliven

Ivan, liven

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Syllabification: en·liv·en

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