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
Recent Examples on the Web Pop happy Carter is still around Before the game, Popovich said he was heartened to still be coaching a game against Vince Carter in 2019. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "In trying time, Hawks coach has a friend in Pop," 6 Nov. 2019 In this sense, folks tired of Trumpiness should be heartened by the failure of presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke. David Von Drehle, Twin Cities, "David Von Drehle: Trump without the Trumpiness would win reelection in a landslide," 3 Nov. 2019 She was heartened to have a mass audience experience this world. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "How accurate is 'Joker's portrayal of mental illness? The answer is complicated," 23 Oct. 2019 But looking through the list, I was heartened to see women, including some of the usual suspects, who are not just enjoying power, but are looking for ways to share it with others who are not yet in the room. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Powerful Women Paying it Forward: raceAhead," 26 Sep. 2019 The enthusiasm with which our monthly calendars are received is always heartening. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "See A New, Rare Portrait of the Adorable Dragon Prince of Bhutan," 31 May 2019 As the White House determines its next nominee, I’m heartened by the fact that ODNI has an experienced and capable leadership team to help see it through this transition. Charlie Savage, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s pick for intelligence chief backs out," 2 Aug. 2019 Nevertheless, in August 2013, Power was heartened to discover that Obama intended to answer the Syrian government’s murder of 1,400 people in a chemical weapons attack with airstrikes of military targets. Daniel Bessner, The New Republic, "The Fog of Intervention," 4 Sep. 2019 Investors have been heartened by expectations that the Fed will likely cut interest rates at its next meeting later this month. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Corporate profits could fall for three straight quarters," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of hearten

1524, in the meaning defined above

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11 Nov 2019

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How to pronounce hearten (audio)

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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