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encourage

[en-kur-ij, -kuhr-] /ɛnˈkɜr ɪdʒ, -ˈkʌr-/
verb (used with object), encouraged, encouraging.
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.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English encoragen < Anglo-French, Middle French encorag(i)er. See en-1, courage
Related forms
encourager, noun
encouragingly, adverb
overencourage, verb (used with object), overencouraged, overencouraging.
preencourage, verb (used with object), preencouraged, preencouraging.
reencourage, verb (used with object), reencouraged, reencouraging.
unencouraged, adjective
unencouraging, adjective
well-encouraged, adjective
Synonyms
1. embolden, hearten, reassure. 2. urge; support, aid, help.
Antonyms
1. discourage, dishearten.
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  • Find someone who will lose weight with you or encourage you along the way.
  • We encourage creativity and the capacity for individual discovery through smart fun.
  • Mint should be harvested aggressively to encourage fresh growth.
  • We should not encourage the movement, for it needs no encouragement.
  • In addition, we support and encourage our suppliers to operate in accordance with our high standards.
  • To encourage it, water it only when the surface of the soil is dry.
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  • Another advance would be to encourage car-sharing, to attain far greater energy savings.
  • It seems to encourage people to maintain a childlike state of purity.
  • She has her doubters who don't believe in her, but she also has her supporters who encourage her.
British Dictionary definitions for encourage

encourage

/ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒ/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
encouragement, noun
encourager, noun
encouraging, adjective
encouragingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for encourage
v.

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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