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Noun: cheer  cheer
  1. A cry or shout of approval
  2. The quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom
    "flowers added a note of cheer to the drab room";
    - cheerfulness, sunniness, sunshine
Verb: cheer  cheer
  1. Give encouragement to
    "If we do indulge in peace discussion, they tell us, we shall merely cheer the enemy";
    - hearten, recreate, embolden
  2. Show approval or good wishes by shouting
    "everybody cheered the birthday boy"
  3. Cause (somebody) to feel happier or more cheerful
    "She tried to cheer up the disappointed child when he failed to win the spelling bee";
    - cheer up, jolly along, jolly up
  4. Become cheerful
    - cheer up, chirk up
  5. Spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts
    "The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers";
    - root on, inspire, urge, barrack, urge on, exhort, pep up

Derived forms: cheered, cheering, cheers

See also: cheerful, cheerless, depressing, uncheerful

Type of: applaud, approval, attribute, commendation, encourage, joy, rejoice

Antonym: complain

Part of: disposition, temperament

Encyclopedia: Cheer, Dorothy, Cheer!