- 1 [no object] Shout for joy or in praise or encouragement: she cheered from the sidelinesMore example sentences
- As I came across the field I heard the crowd shouting and cheering as I got closer.
- She could hear the crowd cheering loudly, shouting things she could not seem to grasp.
- He shouted something in his language and the crowds cheered once more.
- 1.1 [with object] Praise or encourage with shouts: they cheered his emotional speech the cyclists were cheered on by the crowdsMore example sentences
- This is the only home game left in the league as the remaining three games are away and a large support to cheer the lads on would be appreciated.
- As we walked into the TA our support crew cheered us on and we plopped into the chairs set out for us.
- This was a close and exciting game with a huge number of supporters cheering their sides on.
- 2 [with object] Give comfort or support to: he seemed greatly cheered by my arrivalMore example sentences
- There is more cheering news for Cameron supporters, though.
- It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.
- Enlist the help of a life coach, friend, or family member to cheer you on in support.
- 2.1 (cheer someone up or cheer up) Make or become less miserable: [with object]: I asked her out to lunch to cheer her up [no object]: he cheered up at the sight of the foodMore example sentences
- He said he was thankful to his teachers, who had encouraged him and cheered him up when he was unhappy.
- I did my best to cheer them up and encourage them.
- They had taken care of her when she was sick, or hurt, and they had comforted and cheered her up when she was sad.
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- 1A shout of encouragement, praise, or joy: a tremendous cheer from the audienceMore example sentences
- Then the room exploded into cheers and claps and catcalls.
- Elizabeth's gay laugh mingled with the cheers and hollers of everyone out in the yard.
- The watchers began to make wagers and to shout encouragements and cheers.
- 1.1A brief phrase shouted in unison by a crowd, typically led by cheerleaders, in support of an athletic team.More example sentences
- BG will lead the cheer for you any day (cheerleaders are athletes, you know).
- Ignoring the crowd's cheer, I jumped off the platform onto the arena.
- The crowd let out another cheer, and the crowd had certainly grown.
- 2 (also good cheer) Cheerfulness, optimism, or confidence: an attempt to inject a little cheer into this gloomy seasonMore example sentences
- They bring about an element of optimism and cheer in one's life.
- It was good activist fun that brought cheer to the soul.
- In today's world of stress and struggle it is a great thing if I can bring cheer, hope and liveliness to my family and surroundings.
- 2.1Food and drink provided for a festive occasion: they had partaken heartily of the Christmas cheerMore example sentences
- With drink and festive cheer in excess, it's easy to throw caution to the wind and find yourself acting recklessly on a Christmas night out.
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- • archaic Cheerful; optimistic.More example sentences
- It was to be a rosy day, full of good cheer and bright optimism.
- With the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer, it's the most wonderful time of the year.
- For many folks, the holidays are a time to join family and loved ones in a blizzard of good cheer and heartwarming togetherness.
- Three successive hurrahs shouted to express appreciation or congratulation: three cheers for the winners!More example sentences
- It was a congratulations to him and a three cheers.
- He and the other two waved the rest off and said three cheers to them.
- The Commerce students of Fatima College topped the competitive list with high scores, receiving three cheers from the spectators.
Middle English: from Old French chiere 'face', from late Latin cara, from Greek kara 'head'. The original sense was 'face', hence 'expression, mood', later specifically 'a good mood'.