• WordNet 3.6
    • v enliven make lively "let's liven up this room a bit"
    • v enliven heighten or intensify "These paintings exalt the imagination"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Enliven To give life, action, or motion to; to make vigorous or active; to excite; to quicken; as, fresh fuel enlivens a fire. "Lo! of themselves th' enlivened chessmen move."
    • Enliven To give spirit or vivacity to; to make sprightly, gay, or cheerful; to animate; as, mirth and good humor enliven a company; enlivening strains of music.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • enliven To give life, action, or motion to; make vigorous or active; vivify; quicken.
    • enliven To give spirit or vivacity to; animate; make sprightly, gay, or cheerful.
    • enliven Synonyms To exhilarate, cheer, inspirit, gladden, invigorate, rouse, wake up.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Enliven en-līv′n to put life into: to excite or make active: to make sprightly or cheerful: to animate
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  • Kahlil Gibran
    “Money is like love; it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it, and enlivens the other who turns it on his fellow man.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. en-, + liven,


In literature:

The plain, at first barren and stony, became enlivened with vineyards and fields of wheat, as we advanced.
"The Lands of the Saracen" by Bayard Taylor
This is the most pleasant time, as the evenings are cool and enlivening.
"A Woman's Journey Round the World" by Ida Pfeiffer
The first day Tom could sit up his uncle thought well to enliven him with a little news, social, general, and professional.
"M. or N. "Similia similibus curantur."" by G.J. Whyte-Melville
Accordingly, I lit the gas and made my tea, enlivening my solitude by turning over in my mind the events of the afternoon.
"The Red Thumb Mark" by R. Austin Freeman
The scenery surrounding the canon and falls on both banks of the Yellowstone is enlivened by all the hues of abundant vegetation.
"The Discovery of Yellowstone Park" by Nathaniel Pitt Langford
From eleven to twelve things were considerably enlivened.
"Bambi" by Marjorie Benton Cooke
The underwood was enlivened by shrubs of every shade and hue, the wild flowering ivy predominating.
"Lands of the Slave and the Free" by Henry A. Murray
Happy are those who never grieve, and so often aid and enliven their fellow men!
"Summer on the Lakes, in 1843" by S.M. Fuller
The pair trudged manfully on, and Denys enlivened the weary way.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VII" by Various
Tea and chat, and wit combine, To enliven musing forty-nine.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction." by Various

In poetry:

Like the sun, our great monarch all rapture supplies,
Both similar blessings bestow;
The sun with his splendour illumines the skies,
And our monarch enlivens below.
"The Captivity" by Oliver Goldsmith
To breathe the pure air and enliven my soul,
I bound from my cottage exulting and gay;
No care to molest me, no pow'r to controul,
I sport with my lambkins, as thoughtless as they.
"Pastoral Stanzas" by Mary Darby Robinson
Ah, no! then sweet PEACE, lovely offspring of Heav'n,
Come dwell in my cottage, thy handmaid I'll be;
Thus my youth shall pass on, unmolested and even,
And the winter of age be enliven'd by thee!
"Pastoral Stanzas" by Mary Darby Robinson
The stranger rebuked them ere he would teach
What the prophets portray of Christ's sufferings here.
Their souls were enlivened, but soon they would reach
The village they sought, which too quickly drew near.
"The Travellers" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
As the lamps that enliven the tombs of the dead,
And all the dark vault with their brilliancy fill,
So love round this heart its blest radiance has shed,
And my passion burns brightly—tho' hiddenly—still.
"Song" by Mary Anne Browne
The hawthorn hedges and the beautiful wild flowers
Will help to enliven the scene and while away the hours;
And as the spectator gazes upon Keltie waterfall,
The rumbling and fumbling of the water does his heart appall.
"Bonnie Callander" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

A creative spirit enlivens Maru's ambitious menu.
Early autumn in Whatcom County enlivened by Harvest Dinner, 'My Fair Lady' and jazz festival at Bellwether .
Killer, Security Guard Enliven Whitney Biennial : Lance Esplund.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker could enliven New Jersey governor's race.
Bank Enlivens Long-Vacant Downtown Hartford Corner.
Fresh faces to enliven the Carnegie Library this holiday season.
To enliven spending on food, value for the dollar is one of the main ingredients on many projected park menus for the 2011 season.
Washington State 74, Oregon 62: Kent's ejection enlivens latest loss.
Giotto di Bondone and Pacino di Bonaguida works enliven 'Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance,' among the most important shows at a US museum this year.
Nonprofits were asked to create a video detailing how their organization enlivens, empowers, and engages young people.
Minty mojitos are the best of the bunch, enlivened with muddled kumquat ($12) or hibiscus syrup ($10).
Stop- motion chills enliven 'Paranorman.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker could enliven New Jersey governor's race.
The good news — and some great songs — enlivens Barksdale's "Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming.".
A vibrant, citrus hue can enliven a room, while a deeper shade of pumpkin can add a lovely warmth.

In science:

T he ground state properties of a system are of fundamental importance and the starting point for considering the excitations that enliven real systems.
Magnetism and superconductivity driven by identical 4$f$ states in a heavy-fermion metal
Teachers can give these exercises and data to their students to illustrate and enliven physics concepts.
Astrophysics datamining in the classroom: Exploring real data with new software tools and robotic telescopes
Body movement enlivened by musical rhythm becomes dance.
Music in Terms of Science
In order to enliven this decision matrix requires estimations of the development effort of the system under consideration for test process tuning.
Applying Software Defect Estimations: Using a Risk Matrix for Tuning Test Effort
Some atoms are helium which will enliven a child’s birthday party when she experiences what it might be like to talk as a squirrel.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation