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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ENLIVEN

Aunt Rosine had put a spray of lilac in her bonnet, "to enliven her mourning," as she said.

Every evening, as previously, Pierre strove to enliven him with an account of his strolls.

It is in your power to make their bed of down, and to enliven the ground they have yet to traverse with flowers.

She wanted to enliven the Abbe and to draw him out of his melancholy moodiness.

But Curly had no desire to enliven things, and went on quite seriously.

The horse, standing with drooping head, does not enliven the picture.

It was an old story, and with very few variations to enliven it.

But most of all, there must be something to quicken, enliven, practise the soul.

Not a solitary vestige of anything green was there to enliven the barrenness.

We need to clarify our ideals, and enliven our vision of perfection.

WORD ORIGIN

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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