Essential Meaning of encourage
1 : to make (someone) more determined, hopeful, or confident They encouraged us in our work. Encourage each other with kind words.
2 : to make (something) more appealing or more likely to happen The program is meant to encourage savings. Warm weather encourages plant growth. He claims the new regulations will encourage investment.
3 : to make (someone) more likely to do something He claims the new regulations will encourage people to invest. We want to encourage students to read more. : to tell or advise (someone) to do something My parents encouraged me to go back to college. They encouraged her to go.
Full Definition of encourage
1a : to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope : hearten she was encouraged to continue by her early success
b : to attempt to persuade : urge they encouraged him to go back to school
2 : to spur on : stimulate warm weather encourages plant growth
3 : to give help or patronage to : foster government grants designed to encourage conservation
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