• Enliven

    Pronunciation

    • RP IPA: /ɛnˈlaɪvə̆n/Rhymes:

    Origin

    Life + en- -en, intensifying verbal circumfix.

    The Oxford English Dictionary (2007) states that enliven was formed by the simultaneous prefixing of en- and suffixing of -en, which, by definition, constitutes circumfixation.

    Full definition of enliven

    Verb

    1. (obsolete, transitive) To give life or spirit to; to revive or animate.
    2. (transitive) To make more lively, cheerful or interesting.The game was much enlivened when both teams scored within five minutes of each other.
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