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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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  • Let us look with him, that we, too, may be heartened to expect great things of God.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • Often it heartened her, but never when it touched upon his weary chase.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
  • Her voice did not waver; it heartened with its vengeful, determined mien.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • Then, these high things done, Rise, heartened of your passion!

    Hawthorn and Lavender William Ernest Henley
  • He is heartened on his way; for his doubt in weaker moments, whether his desire be not for the impossible, is struck aside.

    Thoughts Out of Season (Part II) Friedrich Nietzsche
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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