Complete Definition of "enliven"

English

Etymology
life|Life + en- -en, intensifying verbal circumfix.<ref name="OED-etym">The Oxford English Dictionary (2007) states that enliven was formed by the simultaneous prefixing of en- and suffixing of -en, which, by definition, constitutes circumfixation.</ref>

Pronunciation
RP IPA|/ÉnËlaɪvÉÌn/
:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-aɪvÉn|-aɪvÉÌn

Verb
en-verb

  1. context|obsolete|transitive To give life or spirit to; to revive or animate.
  2. transitive To make more lively, cheerful or interesting.

#: The game was much enlivened when both teams scored within five minutes of each other.

Synonyms
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liven
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liven up
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Derived terms
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enlivener
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enlivenment
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See also
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animate
brighten
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cheer up
invigorate
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quicken
vitalize
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References
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