Meaning of “lively” in the English Dictionary

"lively" in British English

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livelyadjective

uk /ˈlaɪv.li/ us /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.

(of colours) bright and strong:

The room was painted a lively electric blue.

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  • These debates have made a successful series, mostly because of well-chosen speakers and lively topics.
  • Angela's so cheerful and lively - she's like a breath of fresh air when she visits.
  • There were lively New Year celebrations all over town.
  • The party was certainly lively.
  • We had a lively discussion.
liveliness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈlaɪv.li.nəs/ us /ˈlaɪv.li.nəs/

(Definition of “lively” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lively" in American English

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livelyadjective

us /ˈlɑɪv·li/

having or showing a lot of energy and enthusiasm, or showing interesting and exciting thought:

We have a lively group of seniors who meet to discuss the books they’ve read.
Imelda takes a lively interest in politics.
liveliness
noun [ U ] us /ˈlɑɪv·li·nəs/

(Definition of “lively” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)