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To cause a situation to become more animated or exciting. A noun or pronoun can be used between "liven" and "up." Bobby is a lot of fun—he'll definitely liven up this dull party. Can we add another color to liven it up a little?
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
liven something up
to make something more lively or less dull. Some singing might liven things up a bit. The songs livened up the evening.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To become more lively, interesting, or exciting: The party livened up when the music got better.
2. To make something or someone more lively, interesting, or exciting: I livened up the crowd by suggesting that we play charades. The yellow paint livened the room up.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.