- 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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1. embolden, hearten, reassure. 2. urge; support, aid, help.
1. discourage, dishearten.
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Examples from the Web for encouragingly
She clicked the recording button and looked at me encouragingly.The Model Diaries: Show Me Your Best ‘Racist’
December 8, 2013
Encouragingly, it seems the group was actually rewarded for this overture.A Watershed Week For Jerusalem’s Women
May 10, 2013
Make sure you notice the garland, Funk said encouragingly, “It was embroidered by women in Ohio.”Obamas Deck the White House Halls
November 28, 2012
The housing plan, whose details were at last announced this week, has also been encouragingly to the point.Night of the Living Dead Banks
March 6, 2009
"Oh, those articles you do aren't too bad," Hinde said encouragingly.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
I said encouragingly, and Brigit smiled gayly at me; but Monny was looking at Fenton.
"If he told you to go—it was all right, you may be sure," I said encouragingly.
"And a very good engineer you'll be," Gilbert said encouragingly.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
"Go on," said Hal, encouragingly, as Goody stopped and hesitated.Australia Revenged
- to inspire (someone) with the courage or confidence (to do something)
- to stimulate (something or someone to do something) by approval or help; support
Word Origin and History for encouragingly
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper