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CHEER, v.t.

1. To salute with shouts of joy, or cheers.

2. To dispel gloom, sorrow, silence or apathy; to cause to rejoice; to gladden; to make cheerful; as, to cheer a lonely desert; the cheering rays of the sun; good news cheers the heart.

3. To infuse life; spirit, animation; to incite; to encourage; as, to cheer the hounds.

CHEER, v.i. To grow cheerful; to become gladsome, or joyous.

At sight of thee my gloomy soul cheers up.

Cheer up, my lads.

CHEER, n.

1. A shout of joy; as, they gave three cheers.

2. A state of gladness or joy; a state of animation, above gloom and depression of spirits, but below mirth, gayety and jollity.

Son, be of good cheer, thy sins are forgiven thee. Mat. 9.

Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat. Acts. 27.

3. Mirth; gayety; jollity; as at a feast.

4. Invitation to gayety.

5. Entertainment; that which makes cheerful; provisions for a feast.

The table was loaded with good cheer.

6. Air of countenance, noting a greater or less degree of cheerfulness.

His words their drooping cheer Enlightened.



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CHEER, v.t.

1. To salute with shouts of joy, or cheers.

2. To dispel gloom, sorrow, silence or apathy; to cause to rejoice; to gladden; to make cheerful; as, to cheer a lonely desert; the cheering rays of the sun; good news cheers the heart.

3. To infuse life; spirit, animation; to incite; to encourage; as, to cheer the hounds.

CHEER, v.i. To grow cheerful; to become gladsome, or joyous.

At sight of thee my gloomy soul cheers up.

Cheer up, my lads.

CHEER, n.

1. A shout of joy; as, they gave three cheers.

2. A state of gladness or joy; a state of animation, above gloom and depression of spirits, but below mirth, gayety and jollity.

Son, be of good cheer, thy sins are forgiven thee. Mat. 9.

Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat. Acts. 27.

3. Mirth; gayety; jollity; as at a feast.

4. Invitation to gayety.

5. Entertainment; that which makes cheerful; provisions for a feast.

The table was loaded with good cheer.

6. Air of countenance, noting a greater or less degree of cheerfulness.

His words their drooping cheer Enlightened.

CHEER, n.

  1. A shout of joy; as, they gave three cheers.
  2. A state of gladness or joy; a state of animation, above gloom and depression of spirits, but below mirth, gayety and jollity. Son, be of good cheer, thy sins are forgiven thee. – Matth. ix. Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat. – Acts xxvii.
  3. Mirth; gayety; jollity; as at a feast.
  4. Invitation to gayety. – Shak.
  5. Entertainment; that which makes cheerful; provisions for a feast. – Shak. The table was loaded with good cheer. – Irving.
  6. Air of countenance, noting a greater or less degree of cheerfulness. His words their drooping cheer / Enlightened. – Milton.

CHEER, v.i.

To grow cheerful; to become gladsome, or joyous. At sight of thee my gloomy soul cheers up. – Phillips. Cheer up, my lads.


CHEER, v.t. [Fr. chère; Arm. cher, cheer, entertainment; Ir. gairim, to call, shout, extol; rejoice; Gr. χαιρω to rejoice, to hail or salute. The primary sense is to call out or shout, as in joy; a sense retained in jovial companies, to give cheers, and among seamen, to salute a ship by cheers. Orient. קרא, kara.]

  1. To salute with shouts of joy, or cheers. – Mar. Dict.
  2. To dispel gloom, sorrow, silence or apathy; to cause to rejoice; to gladden; to make cheerful; as, to cheer a lonely desert; the cheering rays of the sun; good news cheers the heart.
  3. To infuse life, spirit, animation; to incite; to encourage; as, to cheer the hounds.

Cheer
  1. The face; the countenance or its expression.

    [Obs.] "Sweat of thy cheer." Wyclif.
  2. To cause to rejoice] to gladden; to make cheerful; -- often with up.

    Cowpe.
  3. To grow cheerful; to become gladsome or joyous; -- usually with up.

    At sight of thee my gloomy soul cheers up.
    A. Philips.

  4. Feeling; spirit; state of mind or heart.

    Be of good cheer.
    Matt. ix. 2.

    The parents . . . fled away with heavy cheer.
    Holland.

  5. To infuse life, courage, animation, or hope, into; to inspirit; to solace or comfort.

    The proud he tamed, the penitent he cheered.
    Dryden.

  6. To be in any state or temper of mind.

    [Obs.]

    How cheer'st thou, Jessica?
    Shak.

  7. Gayety; mirth; cheerfulness; animation.

    I have not that alacrity of spirit,
    Nor cheer of mind, that I was wont to have.
    Shak.

  8. To salute or applaud with cheers; to urge on by cheers; as, to cheer hounds in a chase.

    To cheer ship, to salute a passing ship by cheers of sailors stationed in the rigging.

    Syn. -- To gladden; encourage; inspirit; comfort; console; enliven; refresh; exhilarate; animate; applaud.

  9. To utter a shout or shouts of applause, triumph, etc.

    And even the ranks of Tusculum
    Could scare forbear to cheer.
    Macaulay.

  10. That which promotes good spirits or cheerfulness; provisions prepared for a feast; entertainment; as, a table loaded with good cheer.
  11. A shout, hurrah, or acclamation, expressing joy enthusiasm, applause, favor, etc.

    Welcome her, thundering cheer of the street.
    Tennyson.

    Whzt cheer? Now do you fare? What is there that is cheering?

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Cheer

CHEER, verb transitive

1. To salute with shouts of joy, or cheers.

2. To dispel gloom, sorrow, silence or apathy; to cause to rejoice; to gladden; to make cheerful; as, to cheer a lonely desert; the cheering rays of the sun; good news cheers the heart.

3. To infuse life; spirit, animation; to incite; to encourage; as, to cheer the hounds.

CHEER, verb intransitive To grow cheerful; to become gladsome, or joyous.

At sight of thee my gloomy soul cheers up.

CHEER up, my lads.

CHEER, noun

1. A shout of joy; as, they gave three cheers.

2. A state of gladness or joy; a state of animation, above gloom and depression of spirits, but below mirth, gayety and jollity.

Son, be of good cheer thy sins are forgiven thee. Matthew 9:2.

Then were they all of good cheer and they also took some meat. Acts 27:22.

3. Mirth; gayety; jollity; as at a feast.

4. Invitation to gayety.

5. Entertainment; that which makes cheerful; provisions for a feast.

The table was loaded with good cheer

6. Air of countenance, noting a greater or less degree of cheerfulness.

His words their drooping cheer Enlightened.

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