transitive verb (heartened; heartening) Date: 1526 to give heart to ; cheer Synonyms: see encouragehearteningly adverb

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  • Hearten — Heart en (h[aum]rt n), v. t. [From {Heart}.] 1. To encourage; to animate; to incite or stimulate the courage of; to embolden. [1913 Webster] Hearten those that fight in your defense. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To restore fertility or strength to, as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hearten — I index assure (give confidence to), promise (raise expectations), reassure II index assure (give confidence to) …   Law dictionary

  • hearten — (v.) c.1200, to encourage, from HEART (Cf. heart) + EN (Cf. en) (1). A verb formed from figurative sense of heart. Related: Heartened; heartening …   Etymology dictionary

  • hearten — *encourage, inspirit, embolden, cheer, nerve, steel Analogous words: *strengthen, fortify, invigorate, energize: rally, arouse, rouse, *stir Antonyms: dishearten Contrasted words: *discourage, dispirit, deject: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • hearten — [v] raise someone’s spirits animate, arouse, assure, buck up, buoy, cheer, comfort, console, embolden, encourage, energize, enliven, incite, inspire, inspirit, rally, reassure, revivify, rouse, steel, stimulate, stir, strengthen; concepts 7,22… …   New thesaurus

  • hearten — ► VERB ▪ make more cheerful or confident. DERIVATIVES heartening adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • hearten — [härt′ n] vt. [ HEART + EN] to cheer up; encourage …   English World dictionary

  • hearten — UK [ˈhɑː(r)t(ə)n] / US [ˈhɑrt(ə)n] verb [transitive, usually passive] Word forms hearten : present tense I/you/we/they hearten he/she/it heartens present participle heartening past tense heartened past participle heartened to make someone feel… …   English dictionary

  • hearten — verb the letter from Daphne will hearten him Syn: cheer (up), encourage, raise someone s spirits, boost, buoy up, perk up, inspirit, uplift, elate; comfort, reassure; informal buck up, pep up See note at encourage …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • hearten — v cheer, cheer up, console, comfort, Archaic. recomfort; inspirit, Inf. pep up, buoy up, raise [s.o. s] spirits, pluck up, give [s.o.] a lift; gladden, en hearten, embolden; fortify, strengthen, restore, revi talize, revivify, revive; animate,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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