AskDefine | Define enliven

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1 heighten or intensify; "These paintings exalt the imagination" [syn: inspire, animate, invigorate, exalt]
2 make lively; "let's liven up this room a bit" [syn: liven, liven up, invigorate, animate] [ant: deaden]

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Life + en- -en, intensifying verbal circumfix.



  1. In the context of "obsolete|transitive": To give life or spirit to; to revive or animate.
  2. To make more lively, cheerful or interesting.
    The game was much enlivened when both teams scored within five minutes of each other.


Derived terms


to make more lively


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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