Definition of Encourage

1. Verb. Contribute to the progress or growth of. "They Encourage him to write the letter"; "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"




2. Verb. Inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to. "The good news will Encourage her"

3. Verb. Spur on. "They Encourage him to write the letter"; "His financial success encouraged him to look for a wife"
Generic synonyms: Cause, Get, Have, Induce, Make, Stimulate

Definition of Encourage

1. v. t. 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.

Definition of Encourage

1. Verb. To mentally support; to motivate, give courage, hope or spirit. ¹

2. Verb. To spur on, strongly recommend. ¹

3. Verb. To foster, give help or patronage ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Encourage

1. [v -AGED, -AGING, -AGES]

Medical Definition of Encourage

1. 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. "David encouraged himself in the Lord." (1 Sam. Xxx. 6) Synonym: To embolden, inspirit, animate, enhearten, hearten, incite, cheer, urge, impel, stimulate, instigate, countenance, comfort, promote, advance, forward, strengthen. Origin: F. Encourager; pref. En- (L. In) + courage courage. See Courage. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Encourage

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Literary usage of Encourage

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Education by Project Innovation (Organization) (1884)
"SOCIETY TO Encourage STUDIES AT HOME. BY LILLIAN M. HUNGER, WELLESLEY, MASS. One turns with interest, in these days which have been so alive to the ..."

2. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1908)
"Mrs. Fry, however,did not desire to encourage such sentimental philanthropy. In France, Louis-Philippe and his queen received her kindly ; so did the king ..."

3. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"Forward, and each with voice encourage each; 320 So haply may the lightning's Lord most high Grant we repel and chase them to their town. ..."

4. George Eliot's Works by George Eliot (1894)
"HOW WE Encourage RESEARCH. THE serene and beneficent goddess Truth, like other deities whose disposition has been too hastily inferred from that of the men ..."

5. Library Journal by Richard Rogers Bowker, Charles Ammi Cutter, American Library Association, Library Association (1899)
"Considerations as to a printed catalog in book form for l How to encourage the foundation of libraries in small I the Boston Public Library f How to ..."

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