verb (used with object), en·cour·aged, en·cour·ag·ing.
Origin of encourage
Examples from the Web for encourage
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|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|DAILY BEAST
They all encourage her to spin her atheism into some form of belief.The Good Wife’s Religion Politics: Voters Have No Faith in Alicia's Atheism|Regina Lizik|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Gladly would they do anything in their power to soothe and encourage them.The Expositor's Bible: The First Book of Samuel|W. G. Blaikie
Something which God used to give a sign to encourage a king.The Little Gleaner, Vol. X.|Various
It is singular how little warmth is necessary to encourage these earlier flowers to put forth!Wake-Robin|John Burroughs
The object was to encourage the Canadians to emulate the example of the people of America and of France.Montreal 1535-1914, Volume II (of 2)|William Henry Atherton
Cromwell must have sanctioned this, if he did not encourage it.An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800|Mary Frances Cusack