en·​cour·​age·​ment in-ˈkər-ij-mənt How to pronounce encouragement (audio)
: the act of encouraging : the state of being encouraged
: something that encourages

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.
Recent Examples on the Web In an interview with Variety published Feb. 21, Ryan addressed the recent waves of layoffs at competitors, including Microsoft Gaming, Riot Games and Epic Games, but was unable to offer much beyond encouragement amid uncertainty. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 27 Feb. 2024 Please just know that your positivity and encouragement are deeply appreciated. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 26 Feb. 2024 In 2023, upon her encouragement, 35,252 new voters registered on National Voter Registration Day, an increase of 23% over last year. Nives Dolsak and Aseem Prakash, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024 Thousands of accounts examined by The Times offer disturbing insights into how social media is reshaping childhood, especially for girls, with direct parental encouragement and involvement. Michael H. Keller, New York Times, 23 Feb. 2024 Support Systems Boost Success: Leverage the encouragement and assistance of friends and family to navigate the preparation journey more smoothly. Bryce Welker, Miami Herald, 21 Feb. 2024 And in moment of encouragement for every woman committed to the awkward transition away from dye: One gorgeous model's glossy waves showcased gray roots overtaking the blonde highlights that lingered from midshaft-down. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 14 Feb. 2024 Jerome Robinson gave him a shoulder squeeze of encouragement on his way out and Thompson chucked his phone into his locker in frustration — not with Robinson, but with himself. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, 13 Feb. 2024 Lopez hit the red carpet just hours after revealing in a recent interview what went into her latest creative saga: $20 million, encouragement from Affleck and initial skepticism from supporters. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of encouragement was in 1549

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“Encouragement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encouragement. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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