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.
- en·cour·ag·er, noun
- en·cour·ag·ing·ly, adverb
- o·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, adjective
- un·en·cour·ag·ing, adjective
- well-en·cour·aged, adjective
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How to use encourage in a sentence
If we want that to change, then all of us have to encourage our legislators to make funding community policing a priority.
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 | Samantha Allen | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
That tends to encourage large and small holders alike to consider turning their weakened rubles into other currencies.
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 | Emily Shire | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Educated voters will not be allowed to share pens, as the commission said it would encourage them to bring personal pens.
This and several other things were said by Sieur de Biancourt to encourage his people.
And, incidentally, to encourage retiring and diffident lady interviewers.
Very soon I induced my directors to adopt the view that the railway company must encourage and help the project.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
The King of Portugal was a powerful ruler and anxious for new possessions, yet he did not encourage Magellan.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
Let us remember that "if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom!"The Eve of the Revolution | Carl Becker
British Dictionary definitions for encourage
to inspire (someone) with the courage or confidence (to do something)
to stimulate (something or someone to do something) by approval or help; support
- encouragement, noun
- encourager, noun
- encouraging, adjective
- encouragingly, adverb
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