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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Arkansas and Kentucky have tried to do that too, with the Trump administration’s encouragement, but a judge blocked them in March 2019. Anya Samek, The Conversation, "Americans don’t agree on whether the poor should chip in or do work in exchange for aid," 14 June 2019 With her client’s encouragement, every surface of the 4,000-square-foot house, which is very long but only 20 feet wide, was minutely thought out, then embellished with craftsmanship that evoked the Renaissance in all its handwrought glory. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "Alessandra Branca Designs an Ultra-Luxe 1910s Mansion on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive," 29 May 2019 With encouragement from Lolla, David took two dribbles toward the goal. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville men's soccer gave boy with brain tumor his 'best day ever'," 15 June 2018 With public encouragement, longstanding business titans may increasingly be drawn off their thrones into political campaigns. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, "Why CEOs Make Great Politicians," 14 June 2018 With encouragement from his wife, Fatima, Osman put his computer studies on hold, and with his older brother Ahmed and his younger brother Moustafa, decided to open a restaurant. Stephanie Schorow, BostonGlobe.com, "Home cooking — Egyptian style — in Medford," 27 Apr. 2018 Butler, who has not held back from openly challenging Wiggins and the other junior members of the team to play with more tenacity, walked up to Wiggins before the free throws with some forceful encouragement. Dave Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Timberwolves back in the NBA playoffs after a 14-year absence," 11 Apr. 2018 However, despite the loss, the City coach seems to still be holding on to Champions League dreams and claims with a little encouragement his side can convince themselves to believe. SI.com, "Pep Guardiola Urges Man City to 'Believe' They Can Overcome 3-Goal Deficit Against Liverpool," 5 Apr. 2018 With Beth’s encouragement, Zoe has a conversation with Deja. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Just Teased the Future with the Most Devastating Final Scene," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of encouragement

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Jun 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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