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English definition of “lively”

lively

adjective     /ˈlaɪv.li/
B1 full of energy and enthusiasm; interesting and exciting : It's hard work teaching a class of lively children. a lively city They take a lively interest in their grandchildren. There was some lively discussion at the meeting.Energetic and lively (of colours) bright and strong: The room was painted a lively electric blue.The qualities of colour liveliness     /-nəs/ noun [U]
(Definition of lively adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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