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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Eventually, with the encouragement of her grandma, Rodriguez pursued an education. Alice Driver, Longreads, "The Road to Asylum," 30 June 2018 With the encouragement of Galland's best friend, Shafran drove to Galland’s Long Island home that night and pieced together the truth. refinery29.com, "The Extremely Dark Side To The Buzzy Documentary Three Identical Strangers," 28 June 2018 The real problem was the frat party that is the 16th hole in Phoenix, where caddies would easily be enticed to get stupid at the encouragement of 17,000 (hammered?) fans. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Mayor helped save Colonial. Now, can she bring back the caddie races? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 May 2018 The original ballet school was opened 1963 by Barbara Weisberger, with the encouragement of her mentor, George Balanchine. Ellen Dunkel, Philly.com, "Pennsylvania Ballet hires James Payne as new school director," 22 May 2018 With the encouragement of his brother, Prince William, Harry got professional help. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Chrissy Teigen, Ryan Reynolds and the gift of celebrity confessions," 21 May 2018 With the encouragement of Esquire’s managing editor at the time, Byron Dobell, Wolfe finally overcame his paralysis by simply typing out his notes. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "Five Things to Know About Tom Wolfe," 16 May 2018 The state Legislature voted in 2016 to increase those fees, at the encouragement of hunters, to get access to the rising amount of available funds. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Nationwide gun sales net major funding for Alaska wildlife conservation projects," 22 Mar. 2018 That makes them excellent conduits for the dissemination of lies and for the encouragement of animosity. The Economist, "Russian disinformation distorts American and European democracy," 24 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of encouragement

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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