to put life into; rouse; enliven; cheer (often followed by up): What can we do to liven up the party?
to become more lively; brighten (usually followed by up): If this party doesn't liven up soon, let's leave.
- liv·en·er, noun
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How to use liven in a sentence
Buying a can of paint for under $30 can easily liven up the look of your home.
Whether your family binges through it or savors each episode, maybe in tandem with a weekly cooking project, it’s sure to liven up your pre-vaccination existence with not just distraction but delight.Michelle Obama's Wonderful Netflix Show Waffles + Mochi Is the Sesame Street of Food TV | Judy Berman | March 16, 2021 | Time
However, if you ski a ton, pure powder and pure frontside skis can really liven up your ski action.
A game with multiplayer options, quick rounds, or teams can liven up an after-dinner activity.The best VR games: Enjoy a lifelike gaming experience at home | Carsen Joenk | January 19, 2021 | Popular-Science
Some tours are billed as fun ways to liven up a family online get-together.U.S. zoos and aquariums virtually open their facilities for behind-the-scenes visits with animals | Erin Blakemore | January 2, 2021 | Washington Post
Sachin Tendulkar may be one of the most brilliant players in the sport, but he struggles to liven up his memoirs.
I suppose you can if you were dumb and delusional enough to think that the Emmy voters might liven things up a little bit.The Biggest Emmys Snubs and Surprises: 'Modern Family,' McConaughey, and More | Kevin Fallon | August 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The newly appointed CNN boss says the network must liven up its daily fare.CNN Needs ‘More Passion,’ Says New Boss Jeff Zucker | Howard Kurtz | November 30, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
He also used his acting and directorial skills to liven up dreary hearings.
Will Oprah liven up C-SPAN's usually drab red-carpet pre-show?
Casual anecdotes were sprinkled through his explanations to liven them.The Highgrader | William MacLeod Raine
All we needed was a beautiful young person like you to liven us up.Mr. Opp | Alice Hegan Rice
Sam, in his brother's absence, concluded to edit the paper in a way that would liven up the circulation.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete | Albert Bigelow Paine
Who would hab thought dat a little slap of the hat could liven him up so?The Boy Chums in the Florida Jungle | Wilmer M. Ely
But she, Helen, would come home and that would liven up things a bit.Helen Grant's Schooldays | Amanda M. Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for liven
(usually foll by up) to make or become lively; enliven
- livener, noun
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