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[hahr-tn] /ˈhɑr tn/
verb (used with object)
to give courage or confidence to; cheer.
Origin of hearten
First recorded in 1520-30; heart + -en1
Related forms
heartener, noun
hearteningly, adverb Unabridged
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  • We strive for peace and security, heartened by the changes all around us.

  • His father's letter had heartened him almost as much as the review in the Times.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • And then Gonzaga uttered words that might have heartened him.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • Evidently he was heartened by the fact that Rathburn had said he was not an officer and he believed him.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • “You have heartened me more than you know,” said Mr. Mix, with ecclesiastical soberness.

    Rope Holworthy Hall
British Dictionary definitions for heartened


to make or become cheerful
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for heartened



c.1200, "to encourage," from heart + -en (1). A verb formed from figurative sense of heart. Related: Heartened; heartening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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