Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “liven (sb) up”

liven (sb) up

phrasal verb with liven     /ˈlaɪ.vən/ verb
to become more energetic or in a better mood , or to make someone feel this way: She was a bit subdued to start with, but after a while she livened up. I'm going to liven my self up a bit by going for a run .Making things betterBecoming better
(Definition of liven (sb) up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of liven (sb) up

Translations of “liven (sb) up”

Word of the Day


a situation in which two people are friends

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More