verb (used with object), en·cour·aged, en·cour·ag·ing.
Origin of encourage
Examples from the Web for encouragers
This poem was written in 1744, on the occasion of the death of Alexander Pope, by "one of the first encouragers of this magazine."
It is only ill-natured and ill-nurtured, unworthy and naughty people that are willing auditors or encouragers thereof.Sermons on Evil-Speaking|Isaac Barrow
He met friends and encouragers on all sides; from his father to his school-fellows.Turner|William Cosmo Monkhouse
Yet the text is right in making Bruce one of the patrons and encouragers of Scottish Freemasonry.The Symbolism of Freemasonry|Albert G. Mackey
He next enquires into the chief advancers and encouragers of trade in that country.