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 The frightening incident pushed Messer to attend a month-long drug treatment program, after encouragement from Teen Mom 2's producer Larry Musnik. Sam Gillette, PEOPLE.com, "Teen Mom's Leah Messer Says Opening Up About Her Sobriety Journey Has Been a 'Cathartic Experience'," 28 Aug. 2020 One by one, they were led away by police to applause and encouragement from their fellow protesters. Jonathan Bullington, The Courier-Journal, "At least 64 arrested during peaceful 'Good Trouble Tuesday' march for Breonna Taylor," 26 Aug. 2020 With Mitch’s encouragement, Sayare took the plunge and To Be Continued was born. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, "Scottsdale consignment boutique uses Instagram stories to sell to elite global clientele," 22 Oct. 2020 With encouragement from brash young developer Elisha Spurr Babcock Jr., Spreckels built San Diego a new wharf and coal bunker, which would help spur San Diego’s growth while fortuitously benefiting Spreckels’ thriving shipping business. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Empire Builder’ explores the legacy of John D. Spreckels, the man who built San Diego," 18 Oct. 2020 Bernard provided Freeman with encouragement, a shoulder to cry on and occasional tough love. Mike Digiovanna Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Braves star Freddie Freeman’s formative years in Orange marked by tragedy and support," 12 Oct. 2020 Earlier Thursday, Scott tweeted a note of encouragement from Nolan. Shelby Stewart, Houston Chronicle, "Travis Scott drops new song and music video for 'Franchise'," 25 Sep. 2020 Earlier Thursday, Scott tweeted a note of encouragement from Nolan. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Travis Scott drops new song 'Franchise' and music video, featuring Young Thug and M.I.A.," 25 Sep. 2020 With daily encouragement from my muse, it was finished. Frank Eltman, Star Tribune, "VIRUS DIARY: Always learning from `happy little accidents'," 18 Sep. 2020

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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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29 Oct 2020

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“Encouragement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encouragement. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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