Meaning of “cheer (sb) up” in the English Dictionary

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"cheer (sb) up" in British English

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cheer (sb) up

phrasal verb with cheer uk /tʃɪər/ us /tʃɪr/ verb [ I ]

B2 If someone cheers up, or something cheers someone up, they start to feel happier:

She was sick so I sent her some flowers to cheer her up.
He cheered up at the prospect of a meal.
Cheer up! It's not that bad!
She went shopping to cheer herself up.

More examples

  • All my attempts to cheer her up proved futile.
  • Nothing I could say would cheer her up.
  • My dog came and nuzzled my foot to try and cheer me up.
  • He tried to cheer her up but found himself unequal to the task.

(Definition of “cheer (sb) up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)