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

Grateful at Geisinger is a monthly student-run publication celebrating acts of kindness and encouragement that occur within the GCSOM community. courant.com, "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 15 Aug. 2019 So expect to see Carr for a series or two, and all the encouragement to his feet when plays break down will not apply. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Five questions Raiders aim to answer Thursday vs. Cardinals," 14 Aug. 2019 Due to strong encouragement from the Portland Police Department and in preparation for the demonstrations this weekend we will be closed Saturday, August 17th. oregonlive.com, "City, businesses prepare for Proud Boy and antifa face-off this weekend," 13 Aug. 2019 This is not too much to ask of someone who has been shown love, care, time and the encouragement to tackle the world. cleveland.com, "Dear Annie: Is it too much to expect a ‘thank you’ for a present or card?," 10 Aug. 2019 But Fickell has expressed encouragement at several positions that the battles to start remain competitive for the sake of overall depth. Fletcher Page, Cincinnati.com, "What we learned during UC football's first training camp scrimmage," 10 Aug. 2019 Riders can even filter followers by age or gender, and send high fives of encouragement during the ride. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Peloton opens 1st Indiana location at The Fashion Mall," 8 Aug. 2019 For Detroit Tigers fans looking for a silver lining, the early stages of Monday’s series opener against the Chicago White Sox provided some encouragement. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' rookies show glimpses in otherwise disappointing night, a 7-4 loss," 6 Aug. 2019 Because of the relocation, every artist booked for the festival was subsequently released from their contract, and Lang announced the event would be free, in a partnership with the voter-encouragement nonprofit HeadCount. Dan Reilly, Fortune, "Woodstock 50 Officially Canceled After Months of Problems," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of encouragement

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Aug 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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