encourage


encourage

verb

Definition of ENCOURAGE

1
to fill with courage or strength of purpose <a pep talk that encouraged the team to get out there and win>
Synonyms bear up, buck up, buoy (up), cheer (up), chirk (up), embolden, hearten, inspire, inspirit, steel
2
to help the growth or development of <asserted that the government should be encouraging small businesses, not smothering them with regulations>
3
to rouse to strong feeling or action <the movie's cheap special effects will not encourage audiences to sit on the edge of their seats but to roll in the aisles with laughter>
Near Antonyms calm, soothe, subdue, tranquilize (also tranquillize); appease, mollify, pacify, placate
4
to try to persuade (someone) through earnest appeals to follow a course of action <the pastor continues to encourage the couple to work out their problems in hopes of saving their marriage>
Synonyms egg (on), encourage, exhort, goad, nudge, press, prod, prompt

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