Definition of hearten in English:



  • Make more cheerful or confident.

    [with object and infinitive] ‘she was heartened to observe that the effect was faintly comic’
    ‘this is the most heartening news of all’
    • ‘A factor which heartens them is the sprawling river bed, to a length of nearly seven kilometres and an average breadth of 200 metres.’
    • ‘I am heartened by the quality of our people and I feel confident of meeting any future challenges.’
    • ‘How heartening it was to witness the hosts of students and their families at the University of York open day recently.’
    • ‘For those who think the appreciation of old clocks will decline, Jeff has heartening news.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the urban setting, where most of us live the most heartening thing I keep coming across is tarmac, and kids playing on it.’
    • ‘Bartley viewed himself as an optimist, and was heartened by what he had observed during his career.’
    • ‘The only people who want to hear bad news are the people who are heartened by failure.’
    • ‘How heartening it is to see that, just occasionally, the good people can still Make It Big, for all the right reasons.’
    • ‘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 is in these cruel and trite times to know that real talent may still receive its just reward.’
    • ‘Our display attracted a lot of attention and we were heartened by kind words of support and encouragement that we received.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And more importantly, there's a lot of reading going on right now: that heartens me.’
    • ‘Mary Jane smells old leaves, and the dusty, familiar scent heartens her.’
    • ‘He is heartened too by the likelihood of last year's arrivals from the Nationwide, Bolton, Blackburn and Fulham staying up.’
    • ‘The other heartening factor is that so many guys have shown what they can do.’
    • ‘I'm also heartened that more public servants have found the courage to come out and tell the truth about this government.’
    cheer up, cheer, raise someone's spirits, encourage, comfort, reassure, console, boost, buoy up, perk up, ginger up
    invigorate, revitalize, energize, animate, rouse, revivify, exhilarate, uplift, elate
    buck up, pep up, give a shot in the arm to
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