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encourage

[en-kur-ij, -kuhr-] /ɛnˈkɜr ɪdʒ, -ˈkʌr-/
verb (used with object), encouraged, encouraging.
1.
to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence:
His coach encouraged him throughout the marathon race to keep on running.
2.
to stimulate by assistance, approval, etc.:
One of the chief duties of a teacher is to encourage students.
3.
to promote, advance, or foster:
Poverty often encourages crime.
Origin of encourage
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English encoragen < Anglo-French, Middle French encorag(i)er. See en-1, courage
Related forms
encourager, noun
encouragingly, adverb
overencourage, verb (used with object), overencouraged, overencouraging.
preencourage, verb (used with object), preencouraged, preencouraging.
reencourage, verb (used with object), reencouraged, reencouraging.
unencouraged, adjective
unencouraging, adjective
well-encouraged, adjective
Synonyms
1. embolden, hearten, reassure. 2. urge; support, aid, help.
Antonyms
1. discourage, dishearten.
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  • encouraged by the shouts of the multitude, who were crying to Cleon, "Why don't you go and do it?"

  • I encouraged him to so on, and we drank together, until he let me into his whole plan.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Be encouraged by recollecting who observes and who can repay you.

  • It is too apt to govern itself by what a bold spirit is encouraged to expect of it.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Pasta, on hearing her sing, encouraged her, and recommended a teacher.

British Dictionary definitions for encouraged

encourage

/ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to inspire (someone) with the courage or confidence (to do something)
2.
to stimulate (something or someone to do something) by approval or help; support
Derived Forms
encouragement, noun
encourager, noun
encouraging, adjective
encouragingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for encouraged

encourage

v.

early 15c., from Old French encoragier "make strong, hearten," from en- "make, put in" (see en- (1)) + corage (see courage). Related: Encouraged; encouraging.

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