(1) the match didn't liven up until the second half(2) A close pal can liven up an afternoon by announcing that her new love interest has, without warning, moved to Chicago.(3) liven up bland foods with a touch of mustard(4) However, in the third quarter the game began to liven up and for once I was interested in the plays.(5) The chamber is looking for people with new ideas and fresh input to liven things up and help promote the town's business interests.(6) A lively debate helps liven up the evening, exercises the mind and gets the blood flowing.(7) Who cares; fact is, they've livened up the charts with bright and tuneful pop music that reveals exactly as much as you want at the moment.(8) The other parties in this collusion shall, of course, remain nameless - but thank you for livening up what would have otherwise been an astoundingly dull evening.(9) The waterslide town is also known for its annual arts fest, which livens up the Laurentians every August with classical music and dance for nine days straight.(10) On the other hand, suspending all rational powers of disbelief and gasping out loud in glee can be great fun, and livens up a mundane weekday evening.(11) Potent purple pigments in the blueberries are excellent for livening up the arteries, while their vitamin C content wakes up the immune system.(12) So they set about livening it up (or dumbing it down, depending on your viewpoint.)(13) This colourful collection of adverts certainly livens up what would otherwise be just another dilapidated shop, and acts as an unofficial noticeboard of the latest music releases.(14) Self-medication simply livens up the process for spectators and riders alike.(15) Counting beads livens up math class for young students.(16) Now, I'm all for livening up political debate with evocative language and different means of expression, but I did find this one a bit too cryptic.