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enliven

en·liv·en

enliven

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn laI vn
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: enlivened, enlivening, enlivens
definition: to cause to be lively or cheerful.
His jokes enlivened the meeting.
synonyms:
animate, brighten, cheer up, jazz up, pep up, quicken, vitalize
antonyms:
deaden, dull
similar words:
energize, exhilarate, invigorate, rejuvenate, revive, rouse, season, stir up, vivify, waken
derivations: enliveningly (adv.), enlivenment (n.)
Word Parts
The word enliven contains the following part:
-en1 Old English verb-forming suffix that means to cause to be or become or have
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The suffix -en1 forms verbs from monosyllabic English adjectives.