Definition of enliven in English:

enliven

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Make (something) more entertaining, interesting, or appealing:

    ‘the wartime routine was enlivened by a series of concerts’
    • ‘Entertainment workers enlivened the rally with their acts.’
    • ‘The changes only serve to enhance and enliven the original building.’
    • ‘Laughter can enliven even monotonous proceedings on the set, " she adds.’
    • ‘It adds: ‘Well-designed restaurants and bars will also be encouraged adjacent to the public open spaces to create lively frontages and enliven the areas.’’
    • ‘They also express the weight and mass of the station's structure, which is animated and enlivened through the presence of natural light.’
    • ‘He is interesting when identifying personalities and providing biographical material to enliven the narrative.’
    • ‘Long escapes the scholar's temptation to be dryly academic, enlivening her book with unexpected and entertaining love stories.’
    • ‘Proposing this debate at your next management away day should enliven proceedings.’
    • ‘Throughout the book, the writing is enlivened with bright flashes of wit and Kent's consistently elegant use of language.’
    • ‘Hopefully, this will enliven the journal and make it more interesting in the eyes of a broad military readership.’
    • ‘Quotations from articles in and letters to women's magazines enhanced and enlivened the chapter on professional working women.’
    • ‘Heated discussions, sometimes carried on in several languages, enlivened the proceedings.’
    • ‘The mid-afternoon sun shone down from a sky only occasionally enlivened by the odd fluffy cloud.’
    • ‘And as a prolific writer armed with wit, his articles enlivened the pages of the magazines.’
    • ‘The eye was immediately drawn to these buildings and significant lengths of the streets were enlivened by their presence.’
    • ‘Aided by digital graphics and other powerful tools, animation can enliven anything, from a movie to a music video.’
    • ‘Set in a Fife factory and drawn from personal experiences, the bleak subject is enlivened with humour and wit.’
    • ‘They may enliven parliament to the point of making it interesting.’
    • ‘He came from a family of circus performers and enlivened meetings in which he participated.’
    • ‘Rather, it should enhance and enliven the occasion.’
    brighten up, make more interesting, make more exciting, liven up, put some spirit into, add colour to, wake up, give a boost to, give a lift to, ginger up
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    1. 1.1 Make (someone) more cheerful or animated:
      ‘the visit had clearly enlivened my mother’
      • ‘It is the prayer which enlivens and freshens up a person when hardships bog him down.’
      • ‘What enlivens us and mobilizes the will to live in each of us is profoundly unique.’
      • ‘It seems that poetry ought to enliven us.’
      • ‘She seemed to be enlivened by the condition outside, exhilarated by the motion of flying through it.’
      • ‘Their words, she says, not only enliven her but also help jog her memory about speeches she's given during the past 15 years.’
      • ‘Barrie succeeded in getting his mother's attention and thus encouraged he made every effort possible to enliven her and to make her forget David.’
      • ‘The music of Laurie Lewis will surprise you, enliven you, and cause you to reflect - just like bird songs themselves.’
      • ‘When I feel rejuvenated, I feel enlivened, energized, connected with the world around me, and all of those qualities are ones that we notice in children.’
      cheer up, brighten up, liven up, raise someone's spirits, uplift, gladden, ginger up, buoy up, make lively, wake up, waken up
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Origin

Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘restore to life, give life to’; formerly also as inliven): from 16th-century enlive, inlive (in the same sense), from en-, in- (as an intensifier) + life.

Pronunciation:

enliven

/ɪnˈlʌɪv(ə)n/