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cheer vb. (1 once in S.; common Eliz.: ‘to comfort, gladden, console’ is the most freq. sense)
1. “How cheer'st thou?,” What cheer?, How is it with thee? Mer.V. III. v. 76 (Qq “farest”).
2. to encourage, incite 3H6 II. iv. 9 “the heart that . . . cheers these hands . . . To execute the like upon thyself,” Tim. I. ii. 44; fig. Sonn. xv. 6 “Cheered and check'd e'en by the self-same sky.”
3. to salute with joyful sounds MND. IV. i. 131 “A cry more tuneable Was never holla'd to, nor cheer'd with horn.”
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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (3):
    • William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 3.5
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 4.1
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnets, xv
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