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liven

[ lahy-vuhn ]
/ ˈlaɪ vən /
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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.

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Origin of liven

First recorded in 1880–85; aphetic variant of enliven

OTHER WORDS FROM liven

liv·en·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for liven

liven
/ (ˈlaɪvən) /

verb

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

Derived forms of liven

livener, noun
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