Definition of lose heart in English:

lose heart


  • Become discouraged.

    ‘seeing all the things that had to be done, she lost heart’
    • ‘By then the protesters appeared to have lost heart and left the lecture hall looking disconsolate as the audience gave Mr Jones a round of applause.’
    • ‘It really is like a war zone there and we are losing heart.’
    • ‘The activists are said to have lost heart, and the floating voters - unhappy at progress in the health service and education - will not bother to walk to the polling booth.’
    • ‘This is the one hurdle at which most listeners coming in hope, tend to falter and often lose heart and turn away.’
    • ‘Professional athletes have found that dogged persistence, stamina and endurance - and never giving up, letting up, or losing heart is one of the main keys to becoming a great professional athlete.’
    • ‘However discouraging the prospect, he never lost heart.’
    • ‘What should have happened was the next week they should have marched again, but after that march people really lost heart.’
    • ‘He finds he is not fit physically for the struggle, and he loses heart and gives up.’
    • ‘There is no reason for him to lose heart because such things have happened in the past.’
    • ‘Even the most dedicated health professional, faced with continuing requests to do more with less, eventually loses heart and looks for employment in the private sector or outside the industry.’
    be despondent, lose heart, give up hope, become dispirited, become dejected, despond
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