Definition of encourage
2 : to spur on : stimulate <warm weather encourages plant growth>
3 : to give help or patronage to : foster <government grants designed to encourage conservation>
Examples of encourage in a sentence
They encouraged us in our work.
Encourage each other with kind words.
The program is meant to encourage savings.
Warm weather encourages plant growth.
He claims the new regulations will encourage investment.
He claims the new regulations will encourage people to invest.
We want to encourage students to read more.
My parents encouraged me to go back to college.
They encouraged her to go.
Origin and Etymology of encourage
Middle English encoragen, from Anglo-French encorager, from en- + curage courage
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of encourage
ENCOURAGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of encourage for English Language Learners
: to make (someone) more determined, hopeful, or confident
: to make (something) more appealing or more likely to happen
: to make (someone) more likely to do something : to tell or advise (someone) to do something
ENCOURAGE Defined for Kids
Definition of encourage for Students
encouraginglyadverb <“Great job,” she said encouragingly.>
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