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

Definition of hearten

transitive verb

: to give heart to : cheer

Other Words from hearten

hearteningly \ ˈhärt-​niŋ-​lē How to pronounce hearten (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 This summer’s book club lineup features two authors with riveting, intensely personal stories that resonate and hearten in these strange times of pandemic and recovery. Los Angeles Times, 26 June 2021 It’s a finding that will hearten leaders, including Biden, who seek to breathe fresh life into NATO next week. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 The whole episode should hearten the lawyers who defended Carlson against a 2019 defamation case. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2021 Some questions had answers, but ones that may not hearten those struggling to get benefits. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Feb. 2021 And while Nunez-Smith is less known in political circles, her role in creating a leading program to promote health equity will hearten those concerned about Covid’s impact on communities of color. John Tozzi, Bloomberg.com, 10 Nov. 2020 But no matter how profitable the Io turns out to be, the very fact that Binx and other companies are trying to bring products like this to market is heartening from a public health perspective. Mark Hay, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2020 Initially, international observers were heartened by the conciliatory part of this pledge, which came after a bloody guerrilla war in which at least 30,000 were killed. Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2019 Hanna Dawson was disappointed by ASU's virtual ceremonies, but heartened by her parents' celebration for her. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, 15 May 2020

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First Known Use of hearten

1524, in the meaning defined above

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“Hearten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hearten. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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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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