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Definition of "enliven" []

  • To make lively or spirited; animate. (verb-transitive)
  • To make active, vivacious, or spirited; invigorate (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To make cheerful or bright; gladden or brighten (verb)

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Use "enliven" in a sentence
  • "Even the studious turn of Eugenia, hitherto his first delight, he now thought served but to render her unsociable and the time she devoted to study, he began to regret as lost to himself; nor could he suggest any possible consolation for his drooping spirits, till it occurred to him that Camilla might again enliven him."
  • "It doesn't "enliven" the literary debate, it only debases it."
  • "New harvests rife to glad th 'enliven'd (_g_) lawn."