encourage

verb
en·​cour·​age | \ in-ˈkər-ij How to pronounce encourage (audio) , -ˈkə-rij, en- \
encouraged; encouraging

Essential Meaning of encourage

1 : to make (someone) more determined, hopeful, or confident They encouraged us in our work. Encourage each other with kind words.
2 : to make (something) more appealing or more likely to happen The program is meant to encourage savings. Warm weather encourages plant growth. He claims the new regulations will encourage investment.
3 : to make (someone) more likely to do something He claims the new regulations will encourage people to invest. We want to encourage students to read more. : to tell or advise (someone) to do something My parents encouraged me to go back to college. They encouraged her to go.

Full Definition of encourage

transitive verb

1a : to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope : hearten she was encouraged to continue by her early success
b : to attempt to persuade : urge they encouraged him to go back to school
2 : to spur on : stimulate warm weather encourages plant growth
3 : to give help or patronage to : foster government grants designed to encourage conservation

Other Words from encourage

encourager noun

Choose the Right Synonym for encourage

encourage, inspirit, hearten, embolden mean to fill with courage or strength of purpose. encourage suggests the raising of one's confidence especially by an external agency. the teacher's praise encouraged the students to greater efforts inspirit, somewhat literary, implies instilling life, energy, courage, or vigor into something. patriots inspirited the people to resist hearten implies the lifting of dispiritedness or despondency by an infusion of fresh courage or zeal. a hospital patient heartened by good news embolden implies the giving of courage sufficient to overcome timidity or reluctance. emboldened by her first success, she tried an even more difficult climb

Examples of encourage in a Sentence

They encouraged us in our work. Encourage each other with kind words. The program is meant to encourage savings. Warm weather encourages plant growth. He claims the new regulations will encourage investment. He claims the new regulations will encourage people to invest. We want to encourage students to read more. My parents encouraged me to go back to college. They encouraged her to go.
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Recent Examples on the Web The joint statement was coordinated by Ezekiel Emanuel, a bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania who in July organized a similar effort to encourage health systems to require workers to get vaccinated. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 19 Nov. 2021 The joint statement was coordinated by Ezekiel Emanuel, a bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania who in July organized a similar effort to encourage health systems to require workers to get vaccinated. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 The first lady and Murthy are scheduled to visit Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, and team up with the comic book legends as part of their effort to encourage parents and guardians to get children ages 5 to 11 vaccinated. Molly Nagle, ABC News, 14 Nov. 2021 With that self discovery, Wood started IDONTMIND, a campaign to encourage open conversations about mental health. Jennifer Yuma, Variety, 10 Nov. 2021 The Mass Save program, run by utilities including gas companies, offers rebates and other incentives to encourage homeowners to make their homes more efficient and switch to heating systems that emit less carbon. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Nov. 2021 The record for naturalizations was in 2008, with more than a million people becoming US citizens, an uptick that was attributed to upcoming fee increases and efforts to encourage eligible applicants to apply for citizenship. Geneva Sands, CNN, 9 Nov. 2021 Budish has suggested the county pay the security deposit and up to two months of rent for low-income renters using housing vouchers in a bid to encourage landlords to accept more applicants. Kaitlin Durbin, cleveland, 8 Nov. 2021 Tax Reform Section 1202 was previously thought to be exempt from tax reform because of its purpose to encourage equity investments in small businesses. Daniel Mayo, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of encourage

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for encourage

Middle English encoragen, from Anglo-French encorager, from en- + curage courage

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22 Nov 2021

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“Encourage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encourage. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for encourage

encourage

verb
en·​cour·​age | \ in-ˈkər-ij How to pronounce encourage (audio) \
encouraged; encouraging

Kids Definition of encourage

1 : make more determined, hopeful, or confident : hearten Cheering fans encouraged the team.
2 : to give help or support to : aid Warm weather encourages plant growth.

Other Words from encourage

encouragingly adverb "Great job," she said encouragingly.

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