En·liv·en v. t. [imp. & p. p. Enlivened p. pr. & vb. n. Enlivening ] .
1. To give life, action, or motion to; to make vigorous or active; to excite; to quicken; as, fresh fuel enlivens a fire.
Lo! of themselves th' enlivened chessmen move. --Cowley.
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.
adj 1: made sprightly or cheerful [ant: unenlivened]
2: made lively or spirited; "a meal enlivened by the music"; "a
spirited debate" [syn: spirited]