enliven

  • 1 Enliven — En*liv en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Enlivened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Enlivening}.] [Pref. en + liven.]. 1. To give life, action, or motion to; to make vigorous or active; to excite; to quicken; as, fresh fuel enlivens a fire. [1913 Webster] Lo! of… …

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  • 2 enliven — index inspire, spirit, stimulate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 3 enliven — 1630s, give life to (enlive in same sense is from 1590s); see en (1) make, put in + LIFE (Cf. life) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Meaning make lively or cheerful is from 1690s …

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  • 4 enliven — animate, *quicken, vivify Analogous words: refresh, *renew, restore, rejuvenate: stimulate, excite, quicken, galvanize, *provoke: entertain, recreate, divert, *amuse: inspire, fire, inform, animate Antonyms: deaden: subdue Contrasted words: * …

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  • 5 enliven — [v] inspire, vitalize animate, brace up, brighten, buck up, buoy, cheer, cheer up, divert, entertain, excite, exhilarate, fire, fire up, galvanize, give a lift, give life to, gladden, hearten, inspirit, invigorate, jazz up*, juice up*, let… …

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  • 6 enliven — ► VERB 1) make more interesting or appealing. 2) make more cheerful or animated …

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  • 7 enliven — [en lī′vən, inlī′vən] vt. to make active, vivacious, interesting, or cheerful; liven up or brighten enlivener n. enlivenment n …

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  • 8 enliven — [[t]ɪnla͟ɪv(ə)n[/t]] enlivens, enlivening, enlivened VERB To enliven events, situations, or people means to make them more lively or cheerful. [V n] I love the way a good flirtation can enliven the most mundane situation... [V n] Even the most… …

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  • 9 enliven — UK [ɪnˈlaɪv(ə)n] / US verb [transitive] Word forms enliven : present tense I/you/we/they enliven he/she/it enlivens present participle enlivening past tense enlivened past participle enlivened formal to make something more interesting or lively …

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  • 10 enliven — transitive verb Date: 1604 to give life, action, or spirit to ; animate < fresh flowers enliven the room > Synonyms: see quicken …

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  • 11 enliven — enlivener, n. enliveningly, adv. enlivenment, n. /en luy veuhn/, v.t. 1. to make vigorous or active; invigorate: The wit of Mencken enlivened his age. 2. to make sprightly or cheerful; brighten: Flowers enliven any room. [1625 35; obs. enlive to… …

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  • 12 enliven — en|liv|en [ınˈlaıvən] v [T] to make something more interesting ▪ Humour can help enliven a dull subject …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 enliven — /ɛnˈlaɪvən / (say en luyvuhn), /ən / (say uhn ) verb (t) 1. to make vigorous or active; invigorate. 2. to make sprightly or cheerful; brighten. {obsolete enlive enliven (from en 1 + live2, adjective) + en1} –enlivener, noun –enlivenment …

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  • 14 enliven — verb /ɛnˈlaɪvə̆n/ To make more lively, cheerful or interesting. The game was much enlivened when both teams scored within five minutes of each other. Syn: liven, liven up …

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  • 15 enliven — Synonyms and related words: amuse, animate, arouse, awaken, beguile, boost, brace, brace up, brighten, brisk, brisken, buck up, buoy up, cheer, cheer up, chirk up, convulse, delight, divert, dynamize, electrify, embue, encourage, energize,… …

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  • 16 enliven — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. animate, exhilarate, inspirit, quicken, fire, brighten, stimulate, rouse, invigorate; cheer, elate, encourage. See cheerfulness, excitement. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. cheer, liven up, vivify,… …

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  • 17 enliven — en|liv|en [ ın laıvn ] verb transitive FORMAL to make something more interesting or lively …

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  • 18 enliven — en·liv·en || ɪn laɪvn v. animate, invigorate, rouse, make lively …

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  • 19 enliven — verb make more entertaining or interesting. ↘make more cheerful or animated. Derivatives enlivener noun enlivenment noun Origin C17 (in the sense give life to ): from C16 enlive, inlive (in the same sense) …

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  • 20 enliven — v. a. 1. Quicken, animate, wake, rouse, invigorate, give life to. 2. Inspire, inspirit, exhilarate, cheer, delight, gladden …

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