spur on; "His financial success encouraged him to look for a wife" inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
If you encourage someone to do something, you try to persuade them to do it, for example by telling them that it would be a pleasant thing to do, or by trying to make it easier for them to do it. You can also encourage an activity. Herbie Hancock was encouraged by his family to learn music at a young age Participation is encouraged at all levels
contribute to the progress or growth of; "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"
If you encourage someone, you give them confidence, for example by letting them know that what they are doing is good and telling them that they should continue to do it. When things aren't going well, he encourages me, telling me not to give up
If someone is encouraged by something that happens, it gives them hope or confidence. Investors were encouraged by the news + encouraged en·cour·aged We were very encouraged, after over 17,000 pictures were submitted I am encouraged that more physicians are asking questions in these meetings and coming to workshops
If something encourages a particular activity or state, it causes it to happen or increase. a natural substance that encourages cell growth Slow music encourages supermarket-shoppers to browse longer but spend more
To give courage to; to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope; to raise, or to increase, the confidence of; to animate; enhearten; to incite; to help forward; the opposite of discourage
Something that is encouraging gives people hope or confidence. There are encouraging signs of an artistic revival The results have been encouraging It was encouraging that he recognised the dangers facing the company. + encouragingly en·cour·ag·ing·ly `You're doing really well,' her midwife said encouragingly. giving you hope and confidence = reassuring
[ in-k&r-ij, -k&-rij, en ] (transitive verb.) 15th century. Middle English encoragen from Anglo-Norman encoragier from Old French encoragier from en- + corage "courage". Displaced native Middle English belden, bielden "to encourage" (from Old English bieldan "to encourage"), Middle English bealden, balden "to encourage" (from Old English bealdian "to encourage, make bold"), Middle English herten "to encourage, enhearten" (from Old English hiertan, hyrtan "to enhearten"), Old English elnian "to encourage, strengthen".
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