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hearten

[hahr-tn]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to give courage or confidence to; cheer.
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Origin of hearten

First recorded in 1520–30; heart + -en1
Related formsheart·en·er, nounheart·en·ing·ly, adverb
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reassuring, cheering, promising, hopeful, likely, supportive

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British Dictionary definitions for heartening

heartening

adjective
  1. causing cheerfulness; encouraging
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hearten

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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