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[ en-kur-ij, -kuhr- ]

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.

    Synonyms: reassure, hearten, embolden

    Antonyms: dishearten, discourage

  2. to stimulate by assistance, approval, etc.:

    One of the chief duties of a teacher is to encourage students.

    Synonyms: help, aid, support, urge

  3. to promote, advance, or foster:

    Poverty often encourages crime.


/ ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒ /


  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 Forms

  • enˈcouraging, adjective
  • enˈcourager, noun
  • enˈcouragingly, adverb
  • enˈcouragement, noun

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Other Words From

  • en·courag·er noun
  • en·courag·ing·ly adverb
  • over·en·courage verb (used with object) overencouraged overencouraging
  • preen·courage verb (used with object) preencouraged preencouraging
  • reen·courage verb (used with object) reencouraged reencouraging
  • unen·couraged adjective
  • unen·courag·ing adjective
  • well-en·couraged adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of encourage1

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English encoragen, from Anglo-French, Middle French encorag(i)er; en- 1( def ), courage ( def )

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Example Sentences

In addition to mitigating AI harms, the goal of the principles is to encourage the development of AI systems that could improve children’s growth and well-being.

Those who live off campus but may need to come to campus are encouraged to go to a health clinic for free testing if they show any symptoms.

From Fortune

Group culture, too, can encourage certain types of content — including content that violates Facebook’s rules — and admins are often willing participants in that.

Staff offices would remain open, Schutzenhofer said, but employees were encouraged to work from home.

Those industries are doing what they can to encourage people to spend like they might have without a pandemic.

From Quartz

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.

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.

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.

The King of Portugal was a powerful ruler and anxious for new possessions, yet he did not encourage Magellan.

Let us remember that "if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom!"


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