- to make vigorous or active; invigorate: The wit of Mencken enlivened his age.
- to make sprightly or cheerful; brighten: Flowers enliven any room.
Origin of enliven
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1. animate, inspirit, vivify, stimulate, quicken. 2. gladden.
2. See cheer.
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Examples from the Web for enliven
A group of New York chefs show The Daily Beast how to enliven, or wholly recast, holiday table staples.Thanksgiving Favorites, With a Twist
Sara Sayed, The Daily Beast Video
November 26, 2014
Liesl Schillinger calls for the return of big-screen romance and wit to enliven the season.Whatever Happened to Great Holiday Films?
December 1, 2013
Personally, I hope Giuliani does run for president, if only to enliven a rather dull summer.Giuliani Tests the Waters in New Hampshire
July 14, 2011
All these actions can add a synergistic spark to enliven your kisses.10 Rules for a Great Valentine's Day Kiss
February 13, 2011
Aunt Rosine had put a spray of lilac in her bonnet, "to enliven her mourning," as she said.My Double Life
Every evening, as previously, Pierre strove to enliven him with an account of his strolls.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
It is in your power to make their bed of down, and to enliven the ground they have yet to traverse with flowers.Imogen
She wanted to enliven the Abbe and to draw him out of his melancholy moodiness.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
But Curly had no desire to enliven things, and went on quite seriously.The Golden Woman
- to make active, vivacious, or spirited; invigorate
- to make cheerful or bright; gladden or brighten
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Word Origin and History for enliven
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