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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
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Examples from the web for hearten
  • They screamed their violence at her in her own language, trying to hearten her, but she was not consoled.
  • Since then, many things have happened to both humble and hearten my resolve to write poems and put them into the world.
  • Added a mint leaf now and then to hearten the broth.
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.

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