Enlivening
Enliven 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. [1913 Webster]

Lo! of themselves th' enlivened chessmen move. --Cowley. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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