verb (used with object)

  1. to make vigorous or active; invigorate: The wit of Mencken enlivened his age.
  2. to make sprightly or cheerful; brighten: Flowers enliven any room.

verb (tr)

  1. to make active, vivacious, or spirited; invigorate
  2. to make cheerful or bright; gladden or brighten

1630s, “give life to” (enlive in same sense is from 1590s); see en- (1) “make, put in” + life + -en (1). Meaning “make lively or cheerful” is from 1690s. Related: Enlivened; enlivening.

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