En*liv"en (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Enlivened (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Enlivening (?).] [Pref. en- + liven.].

1.

To give life, action, or motion to; to make vigorous or active; to excite; to quicken; as, fresh fuel enlivens a fire.

Lo! of themselves th' enlivened chessmen move. Cowley.

2.

To give spirit or vivacity to; to make sprightly, gay, or cheerful; to animate; as, mirth and good humor enliven a company; enlivening strains of music.

Syn. -- To animate; rouse; inspire; cheer; encourage; comfort; exhilarate; inspirit; invigorate.

 

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