heart·​en ˈhär-tᵊn How to pronounce hearten (audio)
heartened; heartening ˈhärt-niŋ How to pronounce hearten (audio)

transitive verb

: to give heart to : cheer
ˈhärt-niŋ-lē How to pronounce hearten (audio)
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 She was heartened by legal wins this year in the ongoing fight over the measure passed in Bar Harbor, a popular destination near Maine’s Acadia National Park. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 7 July 2024 This should hearten comedy writers, who worry AI may take their already-scarce jobs. Anya Jaremko-Greenwold, The Week Us, theweek, 5 July 2024 Hall said they were heartened by Pastor, who proposed more traditional buildings for The Pit. Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times, 1 July 2024 Labrador, the Idaho attorney general, said he was heartened by the Supreme Court justices’ opinions on Thursday, pointing to examples in which Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Samuel A. Alito Jr. sided with his state or said that the Biden administration had made important concessions. Dan Diamond, Washington Post, 27 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for hearten 

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Word History

First Known Use

1524, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hearten was in 1524

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“Hearten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hearten. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


heart·​en ˈhärt-ᵊn How to pronounce hearten (audio)
heartened; heartening ˈhärt-niŋ How to pronounce hearten (audio)
: to cheer up : encourage

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