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encourage

[en-kur-ij, -kuhr-]
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verb (used with object), en·cour·aged, en·cour·ag·ing.
  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.
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Origin of encourage

1400–50; late Middle English encoragen < Anglo-French, Middle French encorag(i)er. See en-1, courage
Related formsen·cour·ag·er, nounen·cour·ag·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·en·cour·age, verb (used with object), o·ver·en·cour·aged, o·ver·en·cour·ag·ing.pre·en·cour·age, verb (used with object), pre·en·cour·aged, pre·en·cour·ag·ing.re·en·cour·age, verb (used with object), re·en·cour·aged, re·en·cour·ag·ing.un·en·cour·aged, adjectiveun·en·cour·ag·ing, adjectivewell-en·cour·aged, adjective

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1. embolden, hearten, reassure. 2. urge; support, aid, help.

Antonyms

1. discourage, dishearten.
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Examples from the Web for encouragers

Historical Examples

  • He met friends and encouragers on all sides; from his father to his school-fellows.

    Turner

    William Cosmo Monkhouse

  • They were the receivers of the stolen goods and the encouragers of the crimes.

    The Incendiary

    W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy

  • But, on the other hand, the highest branches of the fine arts are no encouragers either of idolatry or of religion.

  • It is ingenious to suppose that we are rather the receivers and encouragers of our original thoughts than the authors of them.

  • This poem was written in 1744, on the occasion of the death of Alexander Pope, by "one of the first encouragers of this magazine."


British Dictionary definitions for encouragers

encourage

verb (tr)
  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
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Derived Formsencouragement, nounencourager, nounencouraging, adjectiveencouragingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for encouragers

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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