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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Crypto bulls were heartened this year after numerous Wall Street mainstays showed increased interest and wider acceptance of cryptocurrencies and their underlying blockchain technology, helping to push prices higher. Jenna Schnuer, Fortune, "Bitcoin's Price Takes a Wild Roundtrip Ride," 27 June 2019 Despite the brutal circumstances of the crash, the actions of onlookers at the scene heartened Sgt. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "Oakley fatal car crash at 100 miles per hour kills driver," 22 June 2019 Federal Reserve officials, long frustrated about deficiencies in Deutsche Bank’s technology and controls, have been heartened by the bank’s recent progress and have suggested that some continuity would serve the bank well, some of the people said. Jenny Strasburg, WSJ, "Executive Turnover Clouds Deutsche Bank’s Wall Street Future," 19 June 2019 Situationally sensitive rules of the road have developed—evidence, perhaps heartening for #MeToo, that men can be made to moderate themselves. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Cruising in the Age of Consent," 19 June 2019 The Yankees were also heartened by news that Domingo German, who is nursing a hip flexor injury, has responded well to treatment and is now throwing without pain. Bob Klapisch, New York Times, "Giancarlo Stanton Returns, as the Yankees Restock Their Offense," 18 June 2019 Wisconsin Republicans were heartened by the strong showing of conservative Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn in Tuesday’s election, after suffering nearly two years of setbacks in statewide races. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Wisconsin Republicans Cheered by Showing in Supreme Court Race," 3 Apr. 2019 Generally the markets are heartened by the fact that there is some progress. Benjamin Parkin, WSJ, "Copper Pressured by Dollar’s Climb," 29 Aug. 2018 Hogan Gidley, a White House spokesman, said in an interview Saturday that the White House has been heartened to see some Democratic lawmakers express support for a wall. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "President Trump, After Shutdown Ends, Says ‘We Will Build the Wall’," 26 Jan. 2019

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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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