liven up

Meaning(s)

1. make something more interesting or exciting/ make someone more energetic or alert

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liven something up

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To 'liven up' means to make more interesting or exciting. You could 'liven up a room' by playing music or adding more interesting furniture or colours. Someone with a bubbly personality might 'liven up' a party. Someone might 'liven up' when they are talking about a favourite hobby or person that they love. This is a common expression used in social and professional contexts.

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  1. When the boss saw a member of staff falling asleep at his desk he poked him in the arm and told him to liven up.
  2. The party really livened up once the DJ arrived.
  3. We chose red for the walls to liven up the kitchen.

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  1. Jessica added a few a few jokes to her speech as a way of livening it up.
  2. John had a cup of coffee to liven him up before his long, early morning drive to work.

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