Definition of hearten in English:

hearten

Syllabification: heart·en
Pronunciation: /ˈhärtn
 
/

verb

[with object] (usually be heartened)
  • Make more cheerful or confident: [with object and infinitive]: she was heartened to observe that the effect was faintly comic (as adjective heartening) this is the most heartening news of all
    More example sentences
    • For those who think the appreciation of old clocks will decline, Jeff has heartening news.
    • I arrive home and am heartened by the sight of my dog sitting patiently in front of the gates awaiting my arrival.
    • The only people who want to hear bad news are the people who are heartened by failure.
    Synonyms
    cheer (up), encourage, raise someone's spirits, boost, buoy up, perk up, inspirit, uplift, elate; comfort, reassure
    informal buck up, pep up

Derivatives

hearteningly

adverb
More example sentences
  • The death toll among American soldiers remains startlingly and hearteningly low, not horribly and frighteningly high.
  • After this meeting, there were private discussions with some guesthouse owners and, hearteningly, some non-aligned farmers.
  • So go out there, grab life by the collar, or at the very least a copy of this book… it's creative and inspiring and hearteningly original.

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