[ lahy-vuhn ]
See synonyms for: livenlivener on

verb (used with object)
  1. to put life into; rouse; enliven; cheer (often followed by up): What can we do to liven up the party?

verb (used without object)
  1. to become more lively; brighten (usually followed by up): If this party doesn't liven up soon, let's leave.

Origin of liven

First recorded in 1880–85; aphetic variant of enliven

Other words from liven

  • liv·en·er, noun

Words Nearby liven Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use liven in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for liven


/ (ˈlaɪvən) /

  1. (usually foll by up) to make or become lively; enliven

Derived forms of liven

  • livener, noun

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