en·​cour·​age·​ment | \ in-ˈkər-ij-mənt , -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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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 According to the presenter’s Instagram post, the Columbia grad gave words of encouragement and inspired students to not allow their present necessarily define their future. Niki Mcgloster, Essence.com, "The Quick Read: Issa Rae Wears Belt With N-Word And Roasts Kanye West At CFDA Awards," 5 June 2018 Donors—some of whom had seen William play in the past—offered words of encouragement and support to William along with their donations. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Talented Teen Trumpeter Just Got Into Juilliard, But His Family Needs Help Covering the $71,000 Price Tag," 2 May 2018 That’s why Prince Harry traded his longtime right-hand accessory—his Marlboro Lights—thanks to Markle's encouragement. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "All the Ways Meghan Markle Has Transformed Prince Harry’s Bad Boy Health Habits," 4 Jan. 2019 Messages were meant to be one-off notes of encouragement or comfort, rather than back-and-forth conversations. Benjamin Powers, WSJ, "Once More With Feeling: Teaching Empathy to Machines," 13 Dec. 2018 In Georgia and Arizona, Democrats do not appear to have been driven mad by presidential aspirations, but Stacey Abrams could use encouragement to take another shot at a statewide win. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Democrats need some 2020 Senate candidates," 6 Dec. 2018

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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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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 \

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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