hearten

[hahr-tn]

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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Related Words for heartening

reassuring, cheering, promising, hopeful, likely, supportive

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British Dictionary definitions for heartening

heartening

adjective

causing cheerfulness; encouraging

hearten

verb

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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