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CHEER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does cheer mean? 

CHEER (noun)
  The noun CHEER has 2 senses:

1. a cry or shout of approval
2. the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom

  Familiarity information: CHEER used as a noun is rare.


CHEER (verb)
  The verb CHEER has 5 senses:

1. give encouragement to
2. show approval or good wishes by shouting
3. cause (somebody) to feel happier or more cheerful
4. become cheerful
5. urge on or encourage especially by shouts

  Familiarity information: CHEER used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CHEER (noun)


Sense 1cheer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A cry or shout of approval

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("cheer" is a kind of...):

approval; commendation (a message expressing a favorable opinion)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "cheer"):

banzai (a Japanese cheer of enthusiasm or triumph)

bravo (a cry of approval as from an audience at the end of great performance)

hooray; hurrah (a victory cheer)

salvo (a sudden outburst of cheers)


Sense 2cheer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

cheerfulness; cheer; sunniness; sunshine

Context example:

flowers added a note of cheerfulness to the drab room

Hypernyms ("cheer" is a kind of...):

attribute (an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity)

Attribute:

cheerful (being full of or promoting cheer; having or showing good spirits)

cheerless; uncheerful (lacking cheer; depressing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "cheer"):

good-humoredness; good-humouredness; good-naturedness; good-temperedness (a cheerful willingness to be obliging)

Holonyms ("cheer" is a part of...):

disposition; temperament (your usual mood)


CHEER (verb)


Sense 1cheer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give encouragement to

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

cheer; embolden; hearten; recreate

Hypernyms (to "cheer" is one way to...):

encourage (inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "cheer"):

buck up; take heart (gain courage)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The good news will cheer her


Sense 2cheer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Show approval or good wishes by shouting

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

everybody cheered the birthday boy

Hypernyms (to "cheer" is one way to...):

applaud (express approval of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "cheer"):

buoy up; lighten; lighten up (make more cheerful)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3cheer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause (somebody) to feel happier or more cheerful

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

jolly up; cheer up; jolly along; cheer

Context example:

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

Cause:

cheer; cheer up; chirk up (become cheerful)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "cheer"):

amuse (make (somebody) laugh)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 4cheer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become cheerful

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

chirk up; cheer up; cheer

Hypernyms (to "cheer" is one way to...):

joy; rejoice (feel happiness or joy)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "cheer"):

exuberate; exult; jubilate; rejoice; triumph (to express great joy)

buoy up; lighten; lighten up (become more cheerful)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

Antonym:

complain (express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness)


Sense 5cheer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Urge on or encourage especially by shouts

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

urge on; pep up; exhort; barrack; urge; inspire; cheer

Context example:

The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers

Hypernyms (to "cheer" is one way to...):

encourage (inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "cheer"):

cheerlead (act as a cheerleader in a sports event)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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