[ lahy-vuh n ]
/ ˈlaɪ vən /

verb (used with object)

to put life into; rouse; enliven; cheer (often followed by up): What can we do to liven up the party?

verb (used without object)

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

Related forms

liv·en·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for liven


/ (ˈlaɪvən) /


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

Derived Forms

livener, noun
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