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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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  • The tremendous improvement in the growth rate of brown trout is particularly heartening.
  • It's heartening to see only one piece of chaff in the wheat here.
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  • Plus, it's always heartening when success comes to those who deserve it.
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  • If this argument is correct, it is heartening because it suggests a clear remedy: an overhaul of the financial sector.
British Dictionary definitions for heartening


causing cheerfulness; encouraging


to make or become cheerful
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Word Origin and History for heartening



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

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