Definition of hearten in US English:

hearten

verb

[with object]usually be heartened
  • Make more cheerful or confident.

    with object and infinitive ‘she was heartened to observe that the effect was faintly comic’
    • ‘Bartley viewed himself as an optimist, and was heartened by what he had observed during his career.’
    • ‘How heartening it is in these cruel and trite times to know that real talent may still receive its just reward.’
    • ‘He is heartened too by the likelihood of last year's arrivals from the Nationwide, Bolton, Blackburn and Fulham staying up.’
    • ‘In the urban setting, where most of us live the most heartening thing I keep coming across is tarmac, and kids playing on it.’
    • ‘A factor which heartens them is the sprawling river bed, to a length of nearly seven kilometres and an average breadth of 200 metres.’
    • ‘He was heartened when they asked ‘tough’ questions at the interview about how he would do the job.’
    • ‘I arrive home and am heartened by the sight of my dog sitting patiently in front of the gates awaiting my arrival.’
    • ‘Our display attracted a lot of attention and we were heartened by kind words of support and encouragement that we received.’
    • ‘I am heartened by the quality of our people and I feel confident of meeting any future challenges.’
    • ‘Mary Jane smells old leaves, and the dusty, familiar scent heartens her.’
    • ‘How heartening it is to see that, just occasionally, the good people can still Make It Big, for all the right reasons.’
    • ‘For those who think the appreciation of old clocks will decline, Jeff has heartening news.’
    • ‘And more importantly, there's a lot of reading going on right now: that heartens me.’
    • ‘The other heartening factor is that so many guys have shown what they can do.’
    • ‘This consistently upbeat catalogue song lists those relatively ordinary phenomena which exhilarate and hearten Maria, from raindrops on roses to doorbells and sleighbells to wild geese on moonlit flight.’
    • ‘The only people who want to hear bad news are the people who are heartened by failure.’
    • ‘The organizers of Saturday's antiwar protests in the US could not have been very heartened by the turnouts at the biggest events.’
    • ‘How heartening it was to witness the hosts of students and their families at the University of York open day recently.’
    • ‘I'm also heartened that more public servants have found the courage to come out and tell the truth about this government.’
    • ‘The vehement protest against the validity of these charges actually heartens me, and I'm beginning to think maybe I was wrong to level them.’
    cheer up, cheer, raise someone's spirits, encourage, comfort, reassure, console, boost, buoy up, perk up, ginger up
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Pronunciation

hearten

/ˈhɑrtn//ˈhärtn/