- 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 encourager
They believed the Iron Duke to be the instigator and encourager of a shabby trick.The Shellback's Progress
I was unaware that belief is an encourager and guide to reason.Imaginary Conversations and Poems
Walter Savage Landor
He was an encourager of learning and the arts, and a dabbler in science.Old Continental Towns
Walter M. Gallichan
He has been the encourager and partaker of all thy numerous vices and follies.The Fair Maid of Perth
Sir Walter Scott
But now I look around for my stay, my monitor, my encourager, in vain.Jane Talbot
Charles Brockden Brown
- 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 encourager
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