hearten

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verb heart·en \ˈhär-tən\

Definition of hearten

heartened

;

heartening

play \ˈhärt-niŋ, ˈhär-tən-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to give heart to :  cheer

hearteningly

play \ˈhärt-niŋ-lē, ˈhär-tən-iŋ-\ adverb

Examples of hearten in a sentence

  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

1524

First Known Use of hearten

1524

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.

HEARTEN Defined for English Language Learners

hearten

play
verb heart·en \ˈhär-tən\

Definition of hearten for English Language Learners

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


HEARTEN Defined for Kids

hearten

play
verb heart·en \ˈhär-tən\

Definition of hearten for Students

heartened

;

heartening

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



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