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hearten

[hahr-tn] /ˈhɑr tn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to give courage or confidence to; cheer.
Origin of hearten
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30; heart + -en1
Related forms
heartener, noun
hearteningly, adverb
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heartening

/ˈhɑːtənɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing cheerfulness; encouraging

hearten

/ˈhɑːtən/
verb
1.
to make or become cheerful
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Word Origin and History for heartening

hearten

v.

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

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