[ US /ɛnˈɫaɪvənɪŋ/ ]
[ UK /ɛnlˈa‍ɪvənɪŋ/ ]
  1. giving spirit and vivacity
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How To Use enlivening In A Sentence

  • My description might sound a bit mechanistic - it is hard to describe in words - but these ramp spaces look wonderful with sunlight grazing and enlivening the original bluestone and the new glass walling in the late afternoon.
  • In Act I, Mr. Muhly's sound world often recalls Messiaen's evocations of nature; in Act II, as the wives go on TV, he switches to a motoric, minimalist insistence that is more like Steve Reich, an enlivening change in musical tone that is over all too soon. Stifled Voices
  • I.N.C. had now resolved to take no risks; they entered into negotiations with Sem Benelli, a well-known poet of the school which some critics call enlivening and other critics call inflammatory. The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2
  • Suggestions already included the addition of a new Anzac gallery at the war memorial along with Anzac scholarships and "enlivening" commemorations with new monuments abroad ". Latest News - Yahoo!7 News
  • She was a bright child: she finished all the textbooks on the first day of school and, bored, spent the rest of the term enlivening her classmates. The Women’s Room
  • In the boom and bust of the 1980s and early 1990s, property developers began lending spaces to artist-run initiatives, rather than let them lie fallow: this was a way of enlivening the shells of unlet buildings.
  • A coach will use all his powers throughout a match - enlivening, cajoling, goading scolding or sympathizing where appropriate for the personality and the occasion, and not sparing himself until all is won or lost.
  • If the horn is buried for the entire winter — the season when the Earth is most inwardly alive — all this life will be preserved in the manure, turning the contents of the horn into an extremely concentrated, enlivening and fertilizing force. Biodynamics: Natural Wonder or Just a Horn of Manure?
  • Now we have Fred Kaplan's enlivening "1959: The Year Everything Changed," which really could be called The Fifties, but that was already taken by journalist David Halberstam's fine historical account in 1993. Tom Alderman: 1950s: The Not-So-Silent Generation
  • Lines and marks criss-cross them, enlivening the surface.
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