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[en-kur-ij, -kuhr-]
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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.
  2. to stimulate by assistance, approval, etc.: One of the chief duties of a teacher is to encourage students.
  3. to promote, advance, or foster: Poverty often encourages crime.
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Origin of encourage

1400–50; late Middle English encoragen < Anglo-French, Middle French encorag(i)er. See en-1, courage
Related formsen·cour·ag·er, nounen·cour·ag·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·en·cour·age, verb (used with object), o·ver·en·cour·aged, o·ver·en·cour·ag·ing.pre·en·cour·age, verb (used with object), pre·en·cour·aged, pre·en·cour·ag·ing.re·en·cour·age, verb (used with object), re·en·cour·aged, re·en·cour·ag·ing.un·en·cour·aged, adjectiveun·en·cour·ag·ing, adjectivewell-en·cour·aged, adjective


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  • "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.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • "If he told you to go—it was all right, you may be sure," I said encouragingly.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • "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.

British Dictionary definitions for encouragingly


verb (tr)
  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 Formsencouragement, nounencourager, nounencouraging, adjectiveencouragingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for encouragingly



early 15c., from Old French encoragier "make strong, hearten," from en- "make, put in" (see en- (1)) + corage (see courage). Related: Encouraged; encouraging.

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