verb (used with object)

to give courage or confidence to; cheer.

Origin of hearten

First recorded in 1520–30; heart + -en1
Related formsheart·en·er, nounheart·en·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for heartened

Contemporary Examples of heartened

Historical Examples of heartened

  • 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.


    Holworthy Hall

British Dictionary definitions for heartened



to make or become cheerful
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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.

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