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English noun: cheer

1. cheer (communication) a cry or shout of approval

Broader (hypernym)approval, commendation

Narrower (hyponym)banzai, bravo, hooray, hurrah, salvo

2. cheer (attribute) the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom

SamplesFlowers added a note of cheerfulness to the drab room.

Synonymscheerfulness, sunniness, sunshine

Broader (hypernym)attribute

Narrower (hyponym)good-humoredness, good-humouredness, good-naturedness, good-temperedness

Part meronymdisposition, temperament

Attributecheerful, cheerless, depressing, uncheerful


English verb: cheer

1. cheer (emotion) give encouragement to

ExamplesThe good news will cheer her

Synonymsembolden, hearten, recreate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)encourage

Narrower (hyponym)buck up, take heart

Antonymsdishearten, put off

2. cheer (communication) show approval or good wishes by shouting

SamplesEverybody cheered the birthday boy.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)applaud

Narrower (hyponym)buoy up, lighten, lighten up

3. cheer (communication) cause (somebody) to feel happier or more cheerful

SamplesShe tried to cheer up the disappointed child when he failed to win the spelling bee.

Synonymscheer up, jolly along, jolly up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)amuse

Causecheer, cheer up, chirk up

4. cheer (communication) become cheerful

Synonymscheer up, chirk up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)joy, rejoice

Narrower (hyponym)buoy up, exuberate, exult, jubilate, lighten, lighten up, rejoice, triumph

Antonymscomplain, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off, kick

5. cheer (communication) spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts

SamplesThe crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers.

Synonymsbarrack, exhort, inspire, pep up, root on, urge, urge on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)encourage

Narrower (hyponym)cheerlead

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