hearten

verb
heart·​en | \ˈhär-tᵊn \
heartened; heartening\ˈhärt-​niŋ, 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, 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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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 Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a lawyer and activist for women and a three-time Olympic swimming champion, said Thursday she was heartened by Ms. Hirshland’s commitment to gender equity. New York Times, "As New Head of U.S.O.C., Sarah Hirshland ‘Has Much Work to Do’," 12 July 2018 Hunger strike participants say they were heartened that worldwide outage prompted President Donald Trump on Wednesday to end his policy of forcibly separating families. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Activists, celebrities launch hunger strike to end Trump's 'zero tolerance' policy," 23 June 2018 They've been heartened by recent Democratic victories in Pennsylvania and Alabama, and House Speaker Paul Ryan's decision to retire at the end of the term has fanned the headwinds faced by the GOP. Joseph Weber, Fox News, "Battle among California Democrats to win House races now includes unsubstantiated candidate phone message," 5 May 2018 On a recent visit to the Sansha dance boutique in New York, we were heartened to see women of all ages and sizes rifling through the leotard bins for $10 finds. Rory Satran, WSJ, "Cheapskate Wardrobe Secrets from Ballerinas," 27 Mar. 2018 Coming during a visit by China’s Premier Li Keqiang to Germany, Liu’s release heartened foreign governments and human rights campaigners, who pointed out that she had never been charged with or convicted of any crime. Christopher Bodeen, BostonGlobe.com, "China sentences veteran rights activist to 13 years in prison," 11 July 2018 Coming during a visit by China’s Premier Li Keqiang to Germany, Liu’s release heartened foreign governments and human rights campaigners, who pointed out that she had never been charged with or convicted of any crime. Washington Post, "China sentences veteran rights activist to 13 years’ prison," 11 July 2018 Coming during a visit by China's Premier Li Keqiang to Germany, Liu's release heartened foreign governments and human rights campaigners who point out that she had never been charged with or convicted of any crime. Christopher Bodeen, Fox News, "China sentences veteran rights activist to 13 years' prison," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of hearten

1524, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hearten was in 1524

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hearten

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hearten

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

hearten

verb
heart·​en | \ˈhär-tᵊn \
heartened; heartening

Kids Definition of hearten

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

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