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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Sarah Tubert, an assistant coach for the team and the current captain of the U.S. National Women’s Deaf Volleyball team, was heartened by the passion the girls showed in the first few days of practice to improve. Atreya Verma, azcentral, "Volleyball Festival returns to Phoenix, brings international flair," 29 June 2018 Kalat said she’s been heartened to be part of the solution — giving people new faces and stories to associate with mental illness. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Aetna VP Shares Battle With Mental Illness In New Documentary," 1 June 2018 Snyder and the lawmakers said retooling the Soo Locks has been a Michigan priority for years, but they are heartened by the federal government recently identifying the project as a priority. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Rick Snyder: Michigan setting aside $50M to help refurbish Soo Locks," 30 May 2018 When AnxietyHelper came out, Amanda was heartened to see it being used. Ursula Perano And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "She often harbored suicidal thoughts. Now, this teen is using technology to fight them," 14 June 2018 And even Tookes, who is sharply critical of the system in Florida, was heartened in late May when DOH started a new project with IDEA Exchange to rapidly offer treatment to people his team diagnoses. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "‘We’re in a mess.’ Why Florida is struggling with an unusually severe HIV/AIDS problem," 13 June 2018 And Angelo is heartened that some new Republican lawmakers who assumed office after surviving a competitive primary are signing onto pro-LGBT bills. Alex Daugherty, miamiherald, "The GOP’s biggest LGBT advocate is retiring. Here’s how the party plans to move ahead. | Miami Herald," 13 Apr. 2018 Promise keeping Henderson, the bakery owner and activist, shares Crapo's frustration about the lack of progress but is heartened by his persistence. Dan Popkey, idahostatesman, "'I promised ... that I wouldn't give up.' Documentary shows downwinders' plight," 9 Aug. 2013 He was heartened by the funding for attorneys to enforce Assemblyman Chiu's workplace law. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "How the California state budget helps undocumented immigrants fight deportation," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of hearten

1524, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hearten

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


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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