- 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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Related Wordsadvocate, benefactor, backer, leader, philanthropist, fan, sponsor, supporter, friend, well-wisher, head, angel, helper, guardian, partisan, sympathizer, guarantor, booster, front, defender
Examples from the Web for encouragers
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.The Stones of Venice, Volume II (of 3),
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."
- 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 encouragers
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