enliven

[ en-lahy-vuhn ]
/ ɛnˈlaɪ vən /

verb (used with object)

to make vigorous or active; invigorate: The wit of Mencken enlivened his age.
to make sprightly or cheerful; brighten: Flowers enliven any room.

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Origin of enliven

1625–35; obsolete enlive to give life to (en-1 + life) + -en1

synonym study for enliven

2. See cheer.

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British Dictionary definitions for enliven

enliven
/ (ɪnˈlaɪvən) /

verb (tr)

to make active, vivacious, or spirited; invigorate
to make cheerful or bright; gladden or brighten

Derived forms of enliven

enlivener, nounenlivening, adjectiveenlivenment, noun
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