to make vigorous or active; invigorate: The wit of Mencken enlivened his age.
to make sprightly or cheerful; brighten: Flowers enliven any room.
- en·liv·en·er, noun
- en·liv·en·ing·ly, adverb
- en·liv·en·ment, noun
- un·en·liv·ened, adjective
- un·en·liv·en·ing, adjective
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How to use enliven in a sentence
Subjective viewpoints, even if they’re not the artist’s, enliven global dialogue.In the galleries: An intimate panorama of video art’s variety and breadth | Mark Jenkins | June 25, 2021 | Washington Post
It’s the kind of scene that can both enliven a movie and live beyond it, and it’s just one small example of what McCarthy can do.Even the Subpar Superhero Comedy Thunder Force Can't Fully Extinguish Melissa McCarthy's Gifts | Stephanie Zacharek | April 9, 2021 | Time
Not only does it allow them to expand the scale of targeted audiences they can reach, it enlivens their first-party data with fresh information, she said.
All players need to understand the game within the game better, shed their naivete sooner and garner confidence through realizing that their talent enlivens these sports.The difference between a plantation and college sports: A plantation didn’t pretend | Jerry Brewer | March 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Despite their grim predicament, many protesters wore colorful costumes and enlivened the streets with dance and music, bringing reverberations of hope.Myanmar's Pro-Democracy Protests Are Giving a Voice to LGBTQ+ People | Emily Fishbein | March 5, 2021 | Time
A group of New York chefs show The Daily Beast how to enliven, or wholly recast, holiday table staples.
Liesl Schillinger calls for the return of big-screen romance and wit to enliven the season.
Personally, I hope Giuliani does run for president, if only to enliven a rather dull summer.
All these actions can add a synergistic spark to enliven your kisses.
Retailers who embrace digital technology can harness information to redefine and re-enliven the in-store shopping experience.
The dinner was quiet and uninteresting, save for the cheerful efforts of Arobin to enliven things.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
I have, therefore, thought it expedient to enliven with paintings the whole habitation of the saint.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
He looked at her with a grave smile, which did not enliven his thoughtful eyes, but gave an inexpressible sweetness to his face.Ruth | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Birds and flowers do much to enliven the dusky house-windows of the London streets, and both are attended to with great care.St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878 | Various
While he was in Paris, an incident occured, the recollection of which has served to enliven many a social occasion.
British Dictionary definitions for enliven
to make active, vivacious, or spirited; invigorate
to make cheerful or bright; gladden or brighten
- enlivener, noun
- enlivening, adjective
- enlivenment, noun
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