• WordNet 3.6
    • v liven make lively "let's liven up this room a bit"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • liven To put life into; enliven; make more brisk; rouse: generally with up: as, to liven up a fire, or a despondent person.
    • liven To become lively or more lively; generally with up: as, he livened up a bit after dinner.
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In literature:

Such sport 'ud liven the hearts of my doleful seamen.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
Then to be sure things livened up a bit on the sleeping warship.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
It sort of livens up the landscape.
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Then to be sure things livened up a bit on the sleeping warship.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 4, July, 1915" by Various
It had a livening, compelling quality.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
The trail led down toward a forest, where dense thickets of new-growth lodge-pole pines livened the stark, fire-killed trees.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
Things began to liven up at different points to-day.
"An Aviator's Field Book" by Oswald Bölcke
Things were livening up a bit.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
For two hours or so the whiskey livened him up, but as the forenoon grew old, he began to yawn and was tired.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
Even Aunt Sarah livened up.
"The Corner House Girls in a Play" by Grace Brooks Hill

In poetry:

'Twer true. No voice o' friend or foe
Can reach me now, or any liveèn beën;
And little have I power to know
Since then at Valencieën!
"Valenciennes" by Thomas Hardy
And this is to have lived your fullest,
Experienced all-at home, abroad-
Just as the landscape now is livened
By twists and turnings of the road.
"The Road" by Boris Pasternak
But now he has it—much good may it do him
in the vacant spiritual of space—
only Russians & Americans to as it were converse with—weel, one Frenchman
to liven up the airless with one nose
& opinions clever & grim.
"Dream Song 113: or Amy Vladeck or Riva Freifeld" by John Berryman

In news:

Roasted, sautéed, grilled or stewed, tomatillos liven many Latin-inspired recipes with their vibrant color, often silky texture and mildly tart flavor.
Tickets go on sale at on Friday, August 27, but WKNC has them now.
Squash, mushrooms and red bell pepper liven up this omelet.
Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISCranberry sauce livens up root vegetables in this great fall side.
Museum of Contemporary Art hopes artist can liven up the building.
Liven up latkes with the help of leftover brisket .
Gallery Walk, Brattleboro's first-Friday celebration of the arts, returns this week to liven up the downtown and a few satellite locations within a short drive of Main Street.
Stuck for a motive or a relationship to liven up your new script.
Roller disco livens up MCA benefit.
Dread Zeppelin liven up evenings at Copper Mountain.
Ballet Pensacola Livens Up Their Season with Two Original World Premieres Hana Frenette.
Sweet, assertive fennel flavor livens Mediterranean cuisine.
The Yes Virginias reunite to liven up holiday season.
Chimichurri livens up flank steak.
Consider Spud Spikes Potato Seasoning as an all-around flavor enhancer to liven up soups and salads.

In science:

Demonstrations are often used in classrooms as great tools to liven up a lecture.
Physics Magic