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 While nearly half of men received detailed information and coaching for these spots, only 15% of women received the same details and encouragement, according to one report. Tacy Byham, Forbes, "Where Are The Women In The C-Suite?," 1 Mar. 2021 But one of his greatest sources of encouragement centers around his most challenging rookie experience: The Week 13 45-0 blowout loss at home against New England. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert, a former 4.0 student, ready to study whole new offense," 28 Feb. 2021 Blakely has detractors in the county, but when his office responded to his indictment in a public Facebook post on Aug. 22, 2019, the majority of comments offered prayers, praise or encouragement. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "What is wrong with Alabama’s fastest growing county?," 26 Feb. 2021 But her art is animated by a generous, sometimes goofy earnestness, so that a viewer—even in the face of work that is dark, or hard to parse, or both—can often extract some quiet encouragement to keep trudging on. Ian Parker, The New Yorker, "Every Nicole Eisenman Picture Tells a Story," 22 Feb. 2021 While the process of tracking down doses can be maddening, Naglewski believes seeing posts about others finding appointments or getting their first shot offers some encouragement to those still searching. Angie Leventis Lourgos, chicagotribune.com, "With doses in short supply, thousands of frustrated COVID-19 vaccine seekers are turning to social media for help and getting it," 22 Feb. 2021 On a lighter note, the hearing was ripe for memes, and the internet needed no encouragement. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "The internet had some thoughts about today’s GameStop hearing," 19 Feb. 2021 Join this small online group and receive the next level of creative encouragement to advance your art to produce beautiful watercolors. courant.com, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 18 Feb. 2021 The video also captured Eisenhart and Munchel shouting encouragement to apparent militia members and others assaulting the Capitol, the opinion states. Chris Joyner, ajc, "‘Zip-tie guy’ and mother charged in Jan. 6 insurrection denied bond," 18 Feb. 2021

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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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4 Mar 2021

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“Encouragement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encouragement. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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