- to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence: His coach encouraged him throughout the marathon race to keep on running.
- to stimulate by assistance, approval, etc.: One of the chief duties of a teacher is to encourage students.
- to promote, advance, or foster: Poverty often encourages crime.
Origin of encourage
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1. embolden, hearten, reassure. 2. urge; support, aid, help.
1. discourage, dishearten.
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Examples from the Web for encourage
If we want that to change, then all of us have to encourage our legislators to make funding community policing a priority.How to Solve the Policing Crisis
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It would definitely be wrong for TLC to encourage us to gawk at these men but their story is worth investigating nonetheless.Your Husband Is Definitely Gay: TLC’s Painful Portrait of Mormonism
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That tends to encourage large and small holders alike to consider turning their weakened rubles into other currencies.Putin Can’t Bully or Bomb a Recession
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In the eyes of many pro-life advocates, securing rights for pregnant women is one more way to encourage women to stay pregnant.The Supreme Court Case Uniting Pro-Lifers & Pro-Choicers
December 3, 2014
They all encourage her to spin her atheism into some form of belief.The Good Wife’s Religion Politics: Voters Have No Faith in Alicia's Atheism
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I should think Hester would have more sense than to encourage a boy in his position.Brave and Bold
We should encourage the establishment of American steamship lines.
We hope he may depend upon that: we encourage him to think he may.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
I beg you will encourage the militia and engage them to continue their exertions.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
To sympathize with people like that was only to encourage them!Weighed and Wanting
- to inspire (someone) with the courage or confidence (to do something)
- to stimulate (something or someone to do something) by approval or help; support
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Word Origin and History for encourage
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