- 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 enlivened
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He enlivened the excursion by his laughter and strength of a peasant.Therese Raquin
The journey to the Calvin cottage was enlivened by frequent stops for refreshment.The Portygee
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At this moment the chamber was enlivened by the presence of many individuals.Tancred
- to make active, vivacious, or spirited; invigorate
- to make cheerful or bright; gladden or brighten
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Word Origin and History for enlivened
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