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verb liven pronunciation in British English /ˈlaɪv(ə)n/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlelivening
past tenselivened
past participlelivened
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phrasal verb

liven up

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyliven up
he/she/itlivens up
present participlelivening up
past tenselivened up
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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