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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LIVEN

Especially when our country neighbors come in to ''liven us up.'

If she doesn't we must give her a solid shot or two to liven her up—eh, Mr. Carter?

Casual anecdotes were sprinkled through his explanations to liven them.

But what are you stopping the air for when it's rushing in to liven us up?

"Say when you want me to liven 'em up, Gertie," remarked Bulpert.

You may well believe that this did not serve to liven my spirits.

All we needed was a beautiful young person like you to liven us up.

He and Mrs. Coxe have an occasional tilt, which helps to liven us up.

Oh, I just wanted to liven it up a bit, answered Rindgely, grinning.

"We shall look to you to liven things up," he said, poor man!

WORD ORIGIN

1884, colloquial shortening of 17c. enliven, usually with up. Related: Livened; livening.

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