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verbSouthern, South Midland, English Regional, United States Regional, West Midlands
1with object To cheer, gladden; to enliven, animate; to hurry, chivvy.
2no object To become more cheerful, lively, or animated; to hurry. Usually with up.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Adiel Sherwood (1791–1879). From peart, variant of pert + -en.
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