cheer up

phrasal verb

cheered up; cheering up; cheers up
: to make (someone) happier
We tried our best to cheer the children up.
: to become happier
They cheered up at the mention of her name.
Cheer up—things will get better!
: to make (something) more cheerful or pleasant
Bright colors really cheer up a room.

Examples of cheer up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From $417 Hotel Maria, Helsinki (Finland) Only one thing can cheer up the perma darkness of a Finnish winter: a fancy new hotel. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 5 Jan. 2024 Misery may love company, but sometimes a miserable person wants cheering up too. Lily Meyer, The Atlantic, 19 Dec. 2023 Many children are a bit weepy at first, but most of them cheer up in a few minutes. Pamela Kruger, Parents, 18 Dec. 2023 But cheer up: At least this will benefit unionized teachers who prefer less scrutiny of what exactly their students are learning. The Editors, National Review, 20 Nov. 2023 The Met’s fine orchestra, led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, vibrates with intensity, and Ailyn Pérez has no trouble in the role of a famous soprano whose singing just might turn back time — or at least cheer up a school of piranhas. Vulture, 17 Nov. 2023 Customers often tried to draw her into their lives, asking her to do things like draw a heart on a drink cup to cheer up a heartbroken passenger. Kim Severson, New York Times, 31 Oct. 2023 The Southern staple is a great gift for a housewarming party or for someone who needs some cheering up. Moriah Mason, Southern Living, 18 Oct. 2023 The practice sequences in Next Goal Wins are perfunctory, the moments in which the teammates rally to cheer up Thomas strained and the inspirational speeches forced. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 See More

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“Cheer up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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