Definition of cheer verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    cheer

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//tʃɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɪr//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cheer
    BrE BrE//tʃɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɪr//
     
    he / she / it cheers
    BrE BrE//tʃɪəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɪrz//
     
    past simple cheered
    BrE BrE//tʃɪəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɪrd//
     
    past participle cheered
    BrE BrE//tʃɪəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɪrd//
     
    -ing form cheering
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪrɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to shout loudly, to show support or praise for somebody, or to give them encouragement We all cheered as the team came on to the field. Cheering crowds greeted their arrival. cheer somebody The crowd cheered the President as he drove slowly by. Synonymsshoutyell cry scream cheer bellow raise your voiceThese words all mean to say something in a very loud voice.shout to say something in a loud voice; to speak loudly and often angrily to somebody:Stop shouting and listen! ‘Run!’ he shouted.yell to shout loudly, for example because you are angry, excited, frightened or in pain:She yelled at the boy to get down from the wall.cry (rather formal or literary) to shout loudly:She ran over to the window and cried for help.scream to shout something in a loud high voice because you are afraid, angry or excited:He screamed at me to stop.cheer (especially of a crowd of people) to shout loudly to show support or praise for somebody, or to give them encouragement:We all cheered as the team came onto the field.bellow to shout in a loud deep voice, especially because you are angry:‘Quiet!’ the teacher bellowed.raise your voice to speak loudly to somebody, especially because you are angry:She never once raised her voice to us.Patterns to shout/​yell/​cry/​raise your voice to somebody to shout/​yell/​scream/​bellow at somebody to shout/​yell/​cry out/​scream/​bellow in pain/​anguish/​rage, etc. to shout/​cry out/​scream for joy/​excitement/​delight, etc. to shout/​yell/​cry out/​scream with excitement/​triumph, etc. to shout/​yell/​scream/​bellow at somebody to do something to shout/​yell/​scream abuse to shout/​yell/​cry/​scream for help opposite boo
  2. 2[transitive] cheer somebody [usually passive] to give hope, comfort or encouragement to somebody She was cheered by the news from home.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French chiere ‘face’, from late Latin cara, from Greek kara ‘head’. The original sense was ‘face’, hence ‘expression, mood’, later specifically ‘a good mood’.Extra examples I cheered her up with a trip to the zoo. I cheered her up with memories of our holidays together. I was greatly cheered by this news. Talking to Jane cheered me up a lot. The crowd cheered loudly as he came on stage. The crowd cheered loudly as the goalkeeper made a brilliant save. The fans cheered for their team. He was cheered by the thought of a drink and something to eat. We all cheered as the team came onto the field. Phrasal Verbscheer somebodyoncheer up
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