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verb     liven pronunciation in British English
/ˈlaɪv(ə)n/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyliven
he/she/itlivens
present participlelivening
past tenselivened
past participlelivened

phrasal verb

liven up

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I/you/we/theyliven up
he/she/itlivens up
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past participlelivened up
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to make something more interesting or exciting, or to become more interesting or exciting

    What we needed was some music to liven things up.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to give something a more interesting appearance, taste, or other quality

    You can liven up a plain shirt with a colourful scarf.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] if you liven up, or if something livens you up, you have more energy or enthusiasm than before

    Perhaps a walk by the sea would liven them up.

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