• WordNet 3.6
    • v hearten give encouragement to
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hearten To encourage; to animate; to incite or stimulate the courage of; to embolden. "Hearten those that fight in your defense."
    • Hearten To restore fertility or strength to, as to land.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hearten To give heart or courage to; incite or stimulate the courage of; encourage; animate.
    • hearten To impart strength or fertility to; reinforce: as, to hearten land.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Hearten to encourage, stimulate: to add strength to
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  • George Gallup
    George Gallup
    “The common people of America display a quality of good common sense which is heartening to anyone who believes in the democratic process.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Heart
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. heorte; Dut. hart, Ger. herz; cog. with L. cor, cordis, Gr. kardia.


In literature:

But the Southern leaders were in little need of heartening: no cause ever had bolder and firmer champions.
"Stephen Arnold Douglas" by William Garrott Brown
It would hearten the mistress could she see how he does be pickin' up.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
Habit woke her before seven; and she dressed briskly, heartened by a sense of something definite to be done.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
But he had one thing to hearten him, and that was the steady progress of his broken leg toward recovery.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
Heartened, the survivors of the Starving Time turned back to try the New World again.
"Medicine in Virginia, 1607-1699" by Thomas P. Hughes
It was almost worth the walk, she told herself hearteningly.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
But he never boasts, except in speeches to hearten discouraged troops.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
Then, "What is to be, must be," said Will, to hearten himself.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
The dreams heartened him.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
One reassuring thought came to hearten her.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre

In poetry:

When Jaspar saw the poor man's soul
On all his ills intent,
He plied him with the heartening cup
And with him forth he went.
"Jaspar" by Robert Southey
Less drear the winter night shall be,
If memory cheer and hearten
Its heavy hours with thoughts of thee,
Sweet summer of St. Martin!
"St. Martin's Summer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Faith ushers in sweet Peace and Joy,
Which further heartens Faith's employ:
Faith like the head, and Sense the heart,
Do mutual vigour fresh impart.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. IV." by Ralph Erskine
Life, Light and Truth, as in a triple flame
Produce the inner radiance infinite;
Art, pure as Christ, is heartened to exclaim;
I am indeed the Life, the Truth, the Light!
"Portico" by Ruben Dario
But hear my brethren in their darkling fright!
Hearten my lamp that it may shine abroad
Then will they cry—Lo, there is something bright!
Who kindled it if not the shining God?
"Let Your Light So Shine" by George MacDonald
But now the Dream has come again, the world is as of old.
Once more I feel about my breast the heartening splendors fold.
Now I am back in that good place from which my footsteps came,
And I am hushed of any grief and have laid by my shame.
"Dream" by Anna Hempstead Branch

In news:

I am heartened by his new emphasis on stopping invasive fish.
It was heartening in the past week to listen to stories of bravery and selflessness committed by the pilot, crew and passengers aboard the US Airways jet that went down in the Hudson River.
They were heartened by the 2008 arrival of Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni — as the new team president and coach — then distressed to see both men run off.
TERRE HAUTE — Voters' rejection of Mourdock heartening.
Romney's chance at presidency heartens Mormon faithful in Utah.
Manchester DJ and producer Star Slinger has debuted his newest single "Take This Up," a groovy and light-heartened tune, as an added bonus to his recently announced West Coast tour dates.
But prominent Mormons and religion experts say Mormons should be heartened that Romney's candidacy appeared to help mainstream the relatively young faith, which was founded in 1830 in upstate New York.
But Croatian secessionist leaders were heartened by diplomatic support.
US Sen Sherrod Brown has an election-season suggestion today that progressive Democrats might find heartening: Proudly tout the party's accomplishments and contrast them with the Tea Party's faux populism and appeal to fear.
It was really heartening for me, so for me personally, I had an incredibly ...
The call actually wasn't unexpected, but the content of the call was very unexpected and very heartening.
Brewer herself said she is "disappointed" in the decision though "heartened by some findings" in it.
Their dedication in describing the plot of and their admiration for the women characters in my novel What Is Left the Daughter were especially heartening.
One of Mikhail Gorbachev's more heartening traits is his willingness to break through the barriers of bureaucracy and protocol to reach the people.
Ex-envoy to US heartened by eventful stint.

In science:

We are heartened by Hardy’s recent ‘causaloid’ work , which suggests that such a combination of such philosophies may indeed be possible (although it is still a long way off ).
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
It is certainly heartening to see so much progress in one year. I cannot help but take note of a difference between this year’s meeting and previous Rencontres de Moriond that I have attended: the emergence of LEP and Fermilab as B-factories with the help of silicon vertex detectors.
Summary of the XXX Rencontre de Moriond QCD Session
G2 data than the PBE and BLYP functionals, we are heartened by the results here.
Calculation of chemical reaction energies using the AM05 density functional
On the experimental side, as Janet Conrad 5 nicely showed in her plenary talk, it is heartening to see that the SuperKamiokande results are being corroborated by recent analyses of data from MACRO and Soudan.
Summary and Outlook