1. a shout of encouragement, approval, congratulation, etc.: The cheers of the fans filled the stadium.
2. a set or traditional form of shout used by spectators to encourage or show enthusiasm for an athletic team, contestant, etc., as rah! rah! rah!
3. something that gives joy or gladness; encouragement; comfort: words of cheer.
4. a state of feeling or spirits: Their good cheer overcame his depression.
5. gladness, gaiety, or animation: full of cheer and good spirits.
6. food and drink: tables laden with cheer.
7. Archaic. facial expression.
8. cheers, (used as a salutation or toast.)
verb (used with object)
9. to salute with shouts of approval, congratulation, triumph, etc.: The team members cheered their captain.
10. to gladden or cause joy to; inspire with cheer (often followed by up): The good news cheered her.
11. to encourage or incite: She cheered him on when he was about to give up.
verb (used without object)
12. to utter cheers of approval, encouragement, triumph, etc.
13. to become happier or more cheerful (often followed by up): She cheered up as soon as the sun began to shine.
14. Obsolete. to be or feel in a particular state of mind or spirits.
15. be of good cheer, (used as an exhortation to be cheerful): Be of good cheer! Things could be much worse.
16. with good cheer, cheerfully; willingly: She accepted her lot with good cheer.
5. joy, mirth, glee, merriment.
10. exhilarate, animate. Cheer, gladden, enliven mean to make happy or lively. To cheer is to comfort, to restore hope and cheerfulness to (now often cheer up, when thoroughness, a definite time, or a particular point in the action is referred to): to cheer a sick person; She soon cheered him up. To gladden does not imply a state of sadness to begin with, but suggests bringing pleasure or happiness to someone: to gladden someone's heart with good news. Enliven suggests bringing vivacity and liveliness: to enliven a dull evening, a party.
10. discourage, depress.
Origin: 1175-1225; Middle English chere face < Anglo-French; compare Old French chiere < Late Latin cara face, head < Greek kárā head
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