liven up

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liven up

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?
See also: up

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.
See also: up

liven up

v.
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.
See also: up
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Your new use of subheads in ink colors other than black livens up the publication and also pulls the reader in.
He livens up that science with anecdotes about the scientists who formulated it.
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But I have to tell you: goose her up and she livens up immediately Ex-Tory MP Gyles Brandreth, now starring in a West End musical, on the Labour MP and ex-actress Glenda Jackson.
An occasional burst of visual inventiveness livens up the standard-issue crime comedy antics in ``All About the Benjamins.
Having worked with him before, I know how he livens up the ring.
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It livens up those new gray pin-striped pantsuits and adds drama to black or white ensembles.
The left MTG helps to monitor the "mind's voice," they contend, since it livens up on tasks that require thinking about speech but calms down during talking.