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hearten

verb heart·en \ˈhär-tən\

: to cause (someone) to feel more cheerful or hopeful

heart·enedheart·en·ing \ˈhärt-niŋ, ˈhär-tən-iŋ\

Full Definition of HEARTEN

transitive verb
:  to give heart to :  cheer
heart·en·ing·ly \-niŋ-lē, -tən-iŋ-\ adverb
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Examples of HEARTEN

  1. The team's victory has heartened its fans.
  2. <thinking we were hopelessly lost, we were heartened by the sight of a familiar farmhouse>

First Known Use of HEARTEN

1526

Synonym Discussion of HEARTEN

encourage, inspirit, hearten, embolden mean to fill with courage or strength of purpose. encourage suggests the raising of one's confidence especially by an external agency <the teacher's praise encouraged the students to greater efforts>. inspirit, somewhat literary, implies instilling life, energy, courage, or vigor into something <patriots inspirited the people to resist>. hearten implies the lifting of dispiritedness or despondency by an infusion of fresh courage or zeal <a hospital patient heartened by good news>. embolden implies the giving of courage sufficient to overcome timidity or reluctance <emboldened by her first success, she tried an even more difficult climb>.

Rhymes with HEARTEN

HEARTENED Defined for Kids

hearten

verb heart·en \ˈhär-tən\
heart·enedheart·en·ing

Definition of HEARTEN for Kids

:  to give new hope or courage to <The win heartened the team's fans.>

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