1 disposition, frame of mind, spirit:
They were of good cheer, considering their predicament.
2 cheerfulness, gladness, mirth, joy, gaiety, blitheness, happiness, buoyancy, light-heartedness, merrymaking:
There wasn't much cheer at the pub when we learnt of what had befallen poor Grover.
3 comfort, solace, encouragement, consolation:
She brought in a little breath of cheer from the outside world.
4 shout, cry, hurrah, rah, huzzah, hurray or hooray:
Three cheers for Penelope!
5 comfort, console, solace, encourage, inspirit, warm, Colloq buck up:
Your friendly note cheered me considerably.
6 gladden, enliven, cheer up, hearten, buoy up, brighten, elate, brighten, uplift, lift up:
Let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth.
7 applaud, shout, hurrah, clap, yell; Colloq Brit and Australian and New Zealand barrack for:
The crowd cheered for five minutes when Mr Flews stood to speak.
big, deafening, great, hearty, huge, loud, rousing
The players were greeted by rousing cheers.
VERB + CHEER
They gave a big cheer when I finally arrived.
| be greeted by/with, get, raise
She got a loud cheer when she finished speaking.
CHEER + VERB
A deafening cheer went up from the crowd.
CHEER + NOUN
He accepted the prize amid cheers.
| to ~s
She went off the stage to loud cheers.
| ~ for
a cheer for democracy
| ~ from
There were loud cheers from the crowd.
| ~ of
cheers of welcome
three cheers for sb/sth
Three cheers for Mr Jones, who has been such a wonderful teacher! verb
1 shout to encourage sb
The crowd cheered loudly as the goalkeeper made a brilliant save.
The fans cheered for their team.
2 make sb happy/more hopeful
greatly, a lot
I was greatly cheered by this news. Talking to Jane cheered me up a lot.
| a bit | up
I cheered her up with memories of our holidays together.
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