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[lahy-vuh n] /ˈlaɪ vən/

verb (used with object)
to put life into; rouse; enliven; cheer (often followed by up):
What can we do to liven up the party?
verb (used without object)
to become more lively; brighten (usually followed by up):
If this party doesn’t liven up soon, let’s leave.
(usually foll by up) to make or become lively; enliven

1884, colloquial shortening of 17c. enliven, usually with up. Related: Livened; livening.


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