Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make lively or spirited; animate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To give life or spirit to; to revive or animate.
  • v. To make more lively, cheerful or interesting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To give life, action, or motion to; to make vigorous or active; to excite; to quicken.
  • transitive v. To give spirit or vivacity to; to make sprightly, gay, or cheerful; to animate

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give life, action, or motion to; make vigorous or active; vivify; quicken.
  • To give spirit or vivacity to; animate; make sprightly, gay, or cheerful.
  • Synonyms To exhilarate, cheer, inspirit, gladden, invigorate, rouse, wake up.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. heighten or intensify
  • v. make lively

Etymologies

Life + en- -en, intensifying verbal circumfix. (Wiktionary)

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