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.
Recent Examples of encourage from the Web
As activists and politicians call for reforms to reduce police violence, some critics (including former FBI Director James Comey) have argued that the police-reform movement encourages crime and endangers officers.
The goal of her plan is to shift parental expectations and encourage mothers and fathers to share responsibility.
Stage 6 on Thursday cuts through Champagne country from Vesoul to Troyes and is flat enough for sprinters encouraged by the departure of Cavendish and Sagan to go for the win.
Labcraft Wizards encourages scientific observation as well as explores basic concepts in chemistry and physics.
The law, passed in 1967, is the state’s primary tool to encourage housing development and address a statewide shortage of homes that drives California’s affordability problems.
Twenty-five years ago San Diego Police Officer Fred Wilson wanted a way to encourage interaction between his fellow officers and the city’s senior residents.
But that’s because the bill as presented to CBO abolished Obamacare’s individual and employer purchasing mandates without providing any substitute provision to encourage young and healthy people to join or stay in the insurance market.
Researchers say that relocating villages and halting mining could encourage more mingling between those groups.
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Origin and Etymology of encourage
Middle English encoragen, from Anglo-French encorager, from en- + curage courage
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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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