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

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 Overcoming these barriers requires mentorship to better understand and engage the dynamics at play, the encouragement and sponsorship of senior leaders, and above all else, persistence. Duane Cranston, Fortune, 9 May 2022 Other desirable solutions are the organization of corporate training programs within the company that involve the most competent employees acting as teachers; the encouragement of initiative; and supporting independent work. Naira Velumyan, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2022 The journey overseas was at the encouragement of her teacher and mentor Bernard Maybeck. Hannah Fish, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Apr. 2022 But over the course of the past two weeks, I’ve been overwhelmed by the encouragement of my colleagues and the generosity of National Review readers in supporting our webathon tied to this topic. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, 6 Apr. 2022 Americans have been seeking religious exemptions to circumvent COVID-19 vaccine mandates, but are generally doing so without the encouragement of major denominations and prominent religious leaders. Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2022 At the encouragement of his now-wife, Georgia, Fuller put some of those drills on social media. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, 29 Dec. 2021 Once a new pair of bright blue sneakers were laced, Aiden jumped, giving the air a quick ninja kick before, on the encouragement of Ohonme, sprinting through the parking lot. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, 20 Dec. 2021 At his mother’s encouragement, Greg cleans up and squeezes his way into the party, with the hope that his great-uncle Logan, a man estranged from Greg’s grandfather, will make a call and put him back on the management track. Scott Tobias, Vulture, 13 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of encouragement

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of encouragement was in 1549

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15 May 2022

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“Encouragement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encouragement. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for encouragement


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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