take heart

idiomatic phrase

: to gain courage or confidence : to begin to feel better and more hopeful
Take heart; things will get better soon.
While teams like the Indians and the Red Sox face grueling Septembers, the A's … can take heart in having survived their most difficult stretch.Sports Illustrated
Movements against any form of repression can take heart from a historical method that demonstrates that much of what has been produced by history can also be dismantled.Nicholas B. Dirks

Examples of take heart in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web American conservatives can take note and take heart. Henry Olsen, National Review, 17 Oct. 2023 For now, the Pentagon can take heart from several factors. IEEE Spectrum, 28 Mar. 2019 If things have felt blocked or stalled lately, take heart! Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 15 Sep. 2023 Weary influencers, take heart: The intersection of Dumbo’s Washington Street and Water Street is getting a bench. Curbed, 3 Aug. 2023 But compared with the placebo group, the rate of major heart problems was slightly lower in the vitamin D group, especially for those who were already taking heart medicines like statins at the beginning of the study. Good Housekeeping, 30 July 2023 The uplifting news is that athletics on every level have taken heart health and the possibility of incidents such as Bronny’s and Hamlin’s more seriously. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 25 July 2023 Tomato lovers take heart, this isn't the end of the story. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 July 2023 The case has been tied up in court since, and RGGI opponents are taking heart from Virginia’s action. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 13 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of take heart was in 1530

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“Take heart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20heart. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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