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
Recent Examples on the Web Hanna Dawson was disappointed by ASU's virtual ceremonies, but heartened by her parents' celebration for her. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Amid pandemic, traditional college graduations replaced with new ways to mark occasion," 15 May 2020 But there also is a recent example of voters giving an incumbent presiding over a struggling economy the benefit of the doubt that might hearten the Trump campaign. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Republicans say voters will give Trump a pass on economy if they think he can fix it," 14 Apr. 2020 In the meantime, heartening tales of American ingenuity in the war to protect our health care workers provide some cheer. Phillip Morris, cleveland, "Coronavirus isn’t the only deadly virus confronting our planet: Phillip Morris," 5 Apr. 2020 Applying Järlström's math generates conclusions that are heartening for anyone who has ever encountered a yellow light that felt like a no-win situation. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Man Wins Multiyear Battle to Prove Yellow Lights Should Last Longer," 4 Mar. 2020 While business is still down from a usual year, Logan has been heartened by the kindness of her neighbors, who have tipped generously and gifted flowers. Melissa Batchelor Warnke, House Beautiful, "How the Flower Industry Is Evolving In Response to This Pandemic," 23 Apr. 2020 The Trump administration is heartened by new data out of the European country that was hardest hit by the novel coronavirus. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "Top US health official 'encouraged' by decline in Italian coronavirus deaths," 24 Mar. 2020 When Allen talked to his mortgage company about getting a forbearance, he was initially heartened by the offer for a three-month freeze on payments. Anna Bahney, CNN, "Why you should think twice about delaying your mortgage payments," 13 Apr. 2020 But they’ve been heartened to see the steps people are taking to keep their connections alive. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As coronavirus upends lives and traditions, Easter celebration reminds the faithful that 'death did not have the final say'," 9 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of hearten

1524, in the meaning defined above

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26 May 2020

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“Hearten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hearten. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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