heart·​en | \ ˈhär-tᵊn How to pronounce hearten (audio) \
heartened; heartening\ ˈhärt-​niŋ How to pronounce heartening (audio) , ˈhär-​tᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of hearten

transitive verb

: to give heart to : cheer

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Other Words from hearten

hearteningly \ ˈhärt-​niŋ-​lē How to pronounce hearteningly (audio) , ˈhär-​tᵊn-​iŋ-​ \ adverb

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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

Examples of hearten in a Sentence

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

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He is therefore heartened by the revival of nationalist sentiment in the West. Jason Willick, WSJ, "‘The Virtue of Nationalism’ and ‘The Nationalist Revival’ Review: Against the Liberal Empire," 9 Oct. 2018 One sign that’s really been heartening for Fed officials? Bloomberg.com, "Fed Top Brass Is Keenly Watching These Jobs Day Data Points," 9 Mar. 2018 Those production numbers Although the dollar signs on Tesla's Q2 2018 financial statement offered no overwhelming reason to celebrate, investors have apparently been heartened by Tesla's production numbers. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Tesla posts bigger-than-expected loss, bigger-than-expected revenue [Updated]," 1 Aug. 2018 The family has been heartened by the scores of volunteers who have stepped up in Martin’s memory, enabling the foundation to include more service sites. Jerome Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "A day of service in memory of Martin Richard," 23 Apr. 2018 Paul Casey, who is from England, was asked Thursday if seeing the unity of the European team's fans was heartening at such a tumultuous time for Britain. Steve Douglas, Fox News, "Bjorn says 'Europe united' at Ryder Cup amid Brexit tensions," 27 Sep. 2018 But supporters of the prposed legislation are heartened by a recent vote in Ireland, another predominantly Catholic country. Daniel Politi And Ralph Ellis, CNN, "Argentina's Congress debating whether to liberalize abortion laws," 13 June 2018 Here again, the primary results are not heartening for Democrats. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Democrats Sing the Texas Blues," 7 Mar. 2018 That could hearten investors including activist fund Blackwells Capital LLC, which pushed for Supervalu to improve its performance after a long stock slump. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "United Natural Foods to Buy Grocery-Store Chain Supervalu in $2.9 Billion Deal," 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of hearten

1524, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hearten

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


heart·​en | \ ˈhär-tᵊn How to pronounce hearten (audio) \
heartened; heartening

Kids Definition of hearten

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

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