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[hahr-tn] /ˈhɑr tn/
verb (used with object)
to give courage or confidence to; cheer.
Origin of hearten
1520-30; heart + -en1
Related forms
heartener, noun
hearteningly, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He was, of course, drinking heavily and steadily; but the drink seemed to hearten him and give him strength.

    The Sea Bride Ben Ames Williams
  • Polly did, and added, 'I will recite poetry to them to hearten them to their task.'

    The Magic City Edith Nesbit
  • After luncheon, to hearten herself up, she sang hymns in the pantry.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam Horace Annesley Vachell
  • But in the mysterious way of rumor, the news spread to hearten the islanders.

  • He felt that she was seriously anxious and troubled, and he wished to hearten her if he could.

    The Little Brown Jug at Kildare Meredith Nicholson
  • John Ball goeth about to hearten men to rise against oppression.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • He will hearten the child with promises, and fulfil them to the contentment of the man.

    Hope of the Gospel George MacDonald
  • And he encouraged Jack to visit him and, when the latter did so, used every effort to hearten him.

    Weatherby's Inning Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Arthur would have tried to hearten her further, but the elevator stopped at their floor.

    The Runaway Skyscraper Murray Leinster
  • If I had my boy to hearten me, I could do something for them now.

    The Eye of Dread Payne Erskine
British Dictionary definitions for hearten


to make or become cheerful
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hearten

c.1200, "to encourage," from heart + -en (1). A verb formed from figurative sense of heart. Related: Heartened; heartening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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