- 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 encouraging
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Branch helped women feel beautiful by encouraging them to embrace their natural selves as she had.Goodbye To A Natural Hair Guru: Miss Jessie's Cofounder Titi Branch Dead At 45
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Not about encouraging aspiring butchers to live out their violent fantasies in Syria.The Scared Widdle Kitty of ISIS
December 12, 2014
Encouraging any victim of crime to come forward makes us all safer.How I Stopped My Rapist
November 24, 2014
Once an event begins, staffers get the party going, encouraging kids to “Rage,” then film it, post it, dream it goes viral.FinnaRage Wants You to Rage at Its Parties. So What if It Ends Up a Riot?
October 27, 2014
Sometimes when they called their conduct was anything but encouraging.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
The food difficulty we met by encouraging unofficial imports.With Manchesters in the East
Gerald B. Hurst
And everybody turned towards the old man, pressing him and encouraging him.L'Assommoir
Did he even send them an encouraging message—a word of fellowship?The Macdermots of Ballycloran
"The Beethoven's fine," said Margaret, who was not a female of the encouraging type.Howards End
E. M. Forster
- 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 encouraging
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