hearten

verb heart·en \ ˈhär-tᵊn \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of hearten

heartened; heartening play \ˈhärt-niŋ, ˈhär-tᵊn-iŋ\
transitive verb
: 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

Recent Examples of hearten from the Web

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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

verb

Definition of hearten for English Language Learners

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


HEARTEN Defined for Kids

hearten

verb heart·en \ ˈhär-tᵊn \

Definition of hearten for Students

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


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