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

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Wisconsin Republicans were heartened by the strong showing of conservative Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn in Tuesday’s election, after suffering nearly two years of setbacks in statewide races. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Wisconsin Republicans Cheered by Showing in Supreme Court Race," 3 Apr. 2019 Generally the markets are heartened by the fact that there is some progress. Benjamin Parkin, WSJ, "Copper Pressured by Dollar’s Climb," 29 Aug. 2018 Hogan Gidley, a White House spokesman, said in an interview Saturday that the White House has been heartened to see some Democratic lawmakers express support for a wall. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "President Trump, After Shutdown Ends, Says ‘We Will Build the Wall’," 26 Jan. 2019 That deal heartened workers like Chelsea Gill, a 29-year-old programs engineer, who began working at FitzPatrick about four years ago. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "High-Paying Jobs in Nuclear Power Aren’t Looking So Safe Anymore," 28 Dec. 2018 He is therefore heartened by the revival of nationalist sentiment in the West. Jason Willick, WSJ, "‘The Virtue of Nationalism’ and ‘The Nationalist Revival’ Review: Against the Liberal Empire," 9 Oct. 2018 One sign that’s really been heartening for Fed officials? Bloomberg.com, "Fed Top Brass Is Keenly Watching These Jobs Day Data Points," 9 Mar. 2018 Those production numbers Although the dollar signs on Tesla's Q2 2018 financial statement offered no overwhelming reason to celebrate, investors have apparently been heartened by Tesla's production numbers. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Tesla posts bigger-than-expected loss, bigger-than-expected revenue [Updated]," 1 Aug. 2018 The family has been heartened by the scores of volunteers who have stepped up in Martin’s memory, enabling the foundation to include more service sites. Jerome Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "A day of service in memory of Martin Richard," 23 Apr. 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 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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