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Shortening of enliven.
- (transitive, intransitive) To cause to be more lively, or to become more lively.
- Let's liven up this party!
- 1905: The American Historical Review, published by the American Historical Association, page 380
- Bacon's Rebellion (p. 54) has no political meaning for Mr. Bruce. Champlain's fight with the Iroquois is told to liven the narrative with a fight (p. 36), but the far-reaching result is merely hinted in a manner that means nothing to one who doesn't know. The ideals and purposes of the Jesuits are not mentioned.
- 1930: Bim Sherman, The Century
- […] and he fought for others' banners,
- And he dined at others' tables, and he droned in others' hives,
- And he livened others' journeys, and he rhymed of others' tourneys,
- And he emptied others' flagons, and he flirted others' wives.
- 1958: Marco Polo, Ronald Latham (translator), The Travels of Marco Polo
- Instead of the picturesque fables* that liven the pages of ‘Sir John Mandeville’ and of many more authentic travellers, he gives us no less picturesque facts, and facts in great abundance.
- 1979: The American School Board Journal, volume 166, no. 1, January 1979, published by the National School Boards Association, caption to an image in the May 1979 section
- Visiting professionals frequently liven the day at the Elm Creative Arts School.
- 1997: David Nevin, 1812
- Anacreon […] celebrated wine and love and must have been a rousing fellow. Probably he livened heaven when he arrived.
- 2003, Sarah Garland, The Herb Garden, page 69
- […] to invigorate and liven the spirits.
- 2005: Michael Winter, The Big Why: A Novel
- The fact of this made him realize he had a story. He livened. Father was washed overboard, Rupert said. He was going through the water like a duck.
- Synonym: liven up
to become more lively
- (obsolete) plural simple present of
- 1471, Margaret Paston, The Paston Letters:
- We liven in fear, but we wot not whither to flee for to be better than we arn here.
- 1579, Edmund Spenser, The Shepheardes Calender
- What shoulden shepheards other things tend,
- Then, sith their God his good does them send,
- Reapen the fruite thereof, that is pleasure,
- The while they here liven, at ease and leasure?
- 1647, Henry More, The Confutation of the Sleep of the Soul, Canto III:
- Wherefore so long as they make their abode
- In Him, incorp'rate by due Unitie
- They liven in eternall energie,
- To live
Conjugation of liven (weak)
|1st person singular||live||livede|
|2nd person singular||livest||livedest|
|3rd person singular||liveth, liveþ||livede|
|livende, livinge||lived, ylived|
- definite plural of liv
- plural of