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Definition of "liven" []

  • To make or become more lively: liven up a party; a discussion that livened up. (verb-transitive)

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.

Use "liven" in a sentence
  • "I have a few ideas of how to again liven up the place."
  • "Most controversially, it calls on scriptwriters to "liven" the language used to describe safer sex in order to give credibility to storylines."
  • "Losing Murphy is a blow to the Oscars which has struggled to liven up its image amid a general decline in its TV ratings over the last couple of decades and a rush of awards shows that appeal to younger crowds, such as the MTV Movie Awards."