Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To give strength, courage, or hope to; encourage. See Synonyms at encourage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To give heart to; to encourage, urge on, cheer, give confidence to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To encourage; to animate; to incite or stimulate the courage of; to embolden.
  • transitive v. To restore fertility or strength to, as to land.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give heart or courage to; incite or stimulate the courage of; encourage; animate.
  • To impart strength or fertility to; reinforce: as, to hearten land.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. give encouragement to

Etymologies

heart +‎ -en (Wiktionary)

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