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1‘several attractive illustrations enliven the text’
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
improve, enhance, season, leaven, add spice to, spice up, revitalize, vitalize
informal perk up, jazz up, pep up
2‘her visit had clearly enlivened my mother’
cheer up, brighten up, liven up, raise someone's spirits, uplift, gladden, ginger up, buoy up, make lively, wake up, waken up
hearten, stimulate, galvanize, fire, light a fire under, boost, rejuvenate, animate, give life to, vivify, vitalize, exhilarate, invigorate, restore, revive, rouse, refresh
informal perk up, buck up, pep up
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