en·​cour·​age·​ment | \ in-ˈkər-ij-mənt How to pronounce encouragement (audio) , -ˈkə-rij-, en-\

Definition of encouragement

1 : the act of encouraging : the state of being encouraged
2 : something that encourages

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Examples of encouragement in a Sentence

Our aim is the encouragement of investment. the encouragement of plant growth teachers who give their students a lot of encouragement With support and encouragement from their parents, the students organized a fundraiser. They offered him gifts of money and other encouragements.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Today’s generation of American designers is creating communities of encouragement, inspiration, and solidarity. Stephen Shore, Vogue, "Photos: The New Fashion Communities: How the Industry Is Embracing Inclusivity," 17 Jan. 2019 The pair fall in love, and with Jackson’s encouragement, Ally’s career begins taking off — even as their relationship is falling apart. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The Verge fall movie preview, October 2018," 5 Sep. 2018 Those guys who have gone through the process and just words of encouragement. Bob Baum, The Seattle Times, "Wilks even-keeled in what could be last week as Cards coach," 24 Dec. 2018 If that is May’s plan, there is a line in the otherwise frosty draft summit conclusions that offers some encouragement. Emma Ross-thomas, Bloomberg.com, "Brexit Bulletin: Peering into the Abyss," 28 June 2018 Her announcement was met with a wave of support from fans, who offered sympathy, prayers, and other words of encouragement in the comments section of her post. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "American Idol's Lauren Alaina Calls Off Engagement to Longtime Boyfriend Alex Hopkins," 22 Jan. 2019 Little People, Big World fans are reaching out to Tori Roloff with words of encouragement after the reality star posted a concerning Instagram post. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "'Little People, Big World' Fans Rally Around Tori Roloff After Concerning Instagram Post," 11 Jan. 2019 The Seahawks should find some encouragement in their loss. Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "What the national media are saying about the Seahawks’ 33-31 defeat to the Rams, and that controversial final timeout," 8 Oct. 2018 But at some point along the 26.2 miles of the Boston Marathon Monday, Myla Green is planning to call her mom for encouragement. Andy Rosen, BostonGlobe.com, "These marathoners can’t stand the idea of leaving their phone behind," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of encouragement

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Mar 2019

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The first known use of encouragement was in 1549

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English Language Learners Definition of encouragement

: the act of making something more appealing or more likely to happen
: something that makes someone more determined, hopeful, or confident
: something that makes someone more likely to do something


en·​cour·​age·​ment | \ in-ˈkər-ij-mənt How to pronounce encouragement (audio) \

Kids Definition of encouragement

1 : something that gives hope, determination, or confidence Winning was just the encouragement she needed.
2 : the act of giving hope or confidence to His teacher's encouragement helped his grades.

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