Definition of encourage
- she was encouraged to continue by her early success
- they encouraged him to go back to school
- warm weather encourages plant growth
- government grants designed to encourage conservation
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.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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