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Definition of "hearten" []

  • To give strength, courage, or hope to; encourage. See Synonyms at encourage. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hearten" in a sentence
  • "There was more to hearten them when they cut the visitors' aggregate lead to 3-2."
  • "Ehrlich's energetic performance is likely to hearten his supporters, but O'Malley didn't appear to stumble, using the debate to detail his administration's accomplishments, chip away at his opponent's credibility and appeal to the Washington area's interests."
  • "Still, his remarks seemed to hearten and surprise U.S. officials, coming during an elaborate visit that centered on boosting trade and trust between the world's two largest economies."