Here's another entry on learning on how to use English in your daily usage.
How many of you realize that some people just love to use this word "CHEERS"? Most of us normally associate this word with the situation where somebody is toasting an alcoholic drink to others because they are celebrating something.
There are other meaning of cheers if we check in http://thesaurus.com. That's why it's important to differentiate between the CONNOTATION meaning and the DENOTATION meaning. Connotation basically means the meaning is based on people's perception of the current situation. While denotation means the meaning is based on the English dictionary.
The meaning of cheers for the action of toasting a alcoholic drink to celebrate is more on the CONNOTATION meaning.
The meaning of cheers in DENOTATION meaning:
|Main Entry:|| |
cheer [cheer] Show IPA
|Part of Speech:||noun|
|Synonyms:||animation, buoyancy, cheerfulness, cheeriness, comfort, delight, encouragement, exuberance, gaiety, geniality, gladness, glee, good cheer, hilarity, hopefulness, jauntiness, jocundity, joy, joyousness, lightheartedness, liveliness, merriment, merry-making, mirth, optimism, solace|
|Antonyms:||depression, gloom, gravity, melancholy, sadness, seriousness, unhappiness|