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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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Examples for encouraging
  • Governments spent a fortune encouraging people to buy houses.
  • The world is full of weird plants and more and more people are encouraging them to take root in their gardens.
  • encouraging physical activity may be as simple as offering small rewards.
  • encouraging the flow of information and catching the runoff.
  • Thank you for encouraging the world to take a moment and see these wonders of the world.
  • The lack of false positives is particularly encouraging in light of existing detection methods.
  • encouraging couples who are in a rocky relationship to marry is no panacea.
  • It's encouraging to see how her confidence and presentation style have developed through the years.
  • There is much to be said for encouraging children to follow their own natural curiosity.
  • But in other ways the comparison was not encouraging.
British Dictionary definitions for encouraging

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 encouraging

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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