American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make or become more lively: liven up a party; a discussion that livened up.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put life into; enliven; make more brisk; rouse: generally with up: as, to liven up a fire, or a despondent person.
- To become lively or more lively; generally with up: as, he livened up a bit after dinner.
- v. transitive and intransitive To cause to be more lively.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. to make lively; -- sometimes used with up.
- v. make lively
“I have a few ideas of how to again liven up the place.”
“Most controversially, it calls on scriptwriters to "liven" the language used to describe safer sex in order to give credibility to storylines.”
“Losing Murphy is a blow to the Oscars which has struggled to liven up its image amid a general decline in its TV ratings over the last couple of decades and a rush of awards shows that appeal to younger crowds, such as the MTV Movie Awards.”
“Gangster mockumentary on a recently released convict that looks to cult cameos to liven the formula Tulisa, Derek Acorah, etc.50th anniversary reissue for gangs of New York musical.”
“This should liven up the nights where not much is happening.”
“We say: For all this recent newspaper-talk of us living in "boring times", he's certainly set to liven things up.”
“Curb Your Enthusiasm: let's hope the impending move to New York will liven things up.”
“He could liven up the Kitchen forum while Rolly's kitchen is closed! ms mac”
“Today, lasers are everywhere, used to play DVDs, print letters, transmit messages, cut and weld metal, repair eyes, target weapons, and liven up rock shows.”
“My mind grew so accustomed to spring and liven by artificial means that without artificial means it refused to spring and liven.”
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