heart·​warm·​ing | \ˈhärt-ˌwȯr-miŋ \

Definition of heartwarming 

: inspiring sympathetic feeling : cheering

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heart-warmer \ ˈhärt-​ˌwȯr-​mər \ noun

Examples of heartwarming in a Sentence

The movie is a heartwarming story about a boy and his dog. It's heartwarming to see how his neighbors have helped him.

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The most heartwarming moment of the Emmys came at an unusual time: During the award for best directing of a variety series. Travis M. Andrews, The Seattle Times, "Yes, that actually happened: An Emmy winner proposed on stage to his girlfriend," 18 Sep. 2018 Perhaps the most heartwarming moment of the night happened when Glenn Weiss won for directing this year’s Oscars telecast. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "HBO and Netflix Tie for Emmy Awards," 17 Sep. 2018 This is the heartwarming moment a toddler who has spent her whole life in hospital was allowed to go home for the first time after a life-saving double lung transplant. Fox News, "Toddler walks outside for first time ever after life-saving double lung transplant," 16 July 2018 In a pre-telecast ceremony, the country crooner, who attended the show with her new beau, took to the stage to accept the award and addressed the audience with a heartwarming and emotional speech that was met with roars of applause. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Reba McEntire Choked Up While Accepting Her Grammy for Best Roots Gospel Album," 29 Jan. 2018 After the crowd settled down, Jackson began her heartwarming speech. Nerisha Penrose, Billboard, "Janet Jackson, Leikeli47 & Rapsody Pay Tribute to Missy Elliott at 2018 ESSENCE Black Women in Music Ceremony," 26 Jan. 2018 Count that as just another one of the many details of Parziale’s story that have resonated with golf fans this week, a headline-making, heartwarming tale of going from a full-time firefighting gig in Brockton to a victory at the Mid-Am tournament. Tara Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Matt Parziale impresses with tie for low amateur at US Open," 17 June 2018 But, just like in Season 1, the producers and the Fab Five pick heartwarming, symbolic moments over deep self-reflection. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Too much, too soon? 'Queer Eye' and reality shows that return too quickly," 15 June 2018 Kim, of course, won the best post with a heartwarming message to Khloé accompanied by an insanely sweet photo of Kim's daughter, Chicago West, and Khloé's new daughter, True Thompson, posing together on the sisters' laps. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Shared the First Photo of Cousins Chicago and True Together," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of heartwarming

1743, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of heartwarming

: causing pleasant feelings of happiness

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