Cheer Cheer, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cheered} (ch[=e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {cheering}.] 1. To cause to rejoice; to gladden; to make cheerful; -- often with up. --Cowpe. [1913 Webster]

2. To infuse life, courage, animation, or hope, into; to inspirit; to solace or comfort. [1913 Webster]

The proud he tamed, the penitent he cheered. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To salute or applaud with cheers; to urge on by cheers; as, to cheer hounds in a chase. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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