encouraging

adjective
en·​cour·​ag·​ing | \ in-ˈkər-i-jiŋ How to pronounce encouraging (audio) , -ˈkə-ri-, en- \

Definition of encouraging

: giving hope or promise encouraging news

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Other Words from encouraging

encouragingly \ in-​ˈkər-​i-​jiŋ-​lē How to pronounce encouragingly (audio) , -​ˈkə-​ri-​ , en-​ \ adverb

Examples of encouraging in a Sentence

We've just heard some encouraging news. encouraging signs that the economy is improving
Recent Examples on the Web Now the company is facing a growing advertiser boycott over its refusal to remove a Trump post that many saw as encouraging violence during the George Floyd protests. Craig Timberg, Washington Post, "Reddit closes long-running forum supporting President Trump after years of policy violations," 29 June 2020 Despite those obstacles, the Bay Area’s early progress is encouraging, even as coronavirus cases spike across the state. Mallory Moench, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area contact tracing shows early signs of success," 29 June 2020 Hundreds of letters, encouraging words, artwork and books were sent to her jail cell in Kenosha. Natallie St. Onge, USA TODAY, "Chrystul Kizer, charged with killing her suspected sex trafficker, released from jail after groups raise $400,000 bail," 24 June 2020 Hundreds of letters, encouraging words, artwork and books were sent to her jail cell in Kenosha. Natallie St. Onge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chrystul Kizer, charged with killing her suspected sex trafficker, released from jail after groups raise $400,000 bail," 22 June 2020 The respondents are always encouraging, though sometimes concerned about whether their partners are getting enough sleep. Anne Fadiman, Wired, "Screen Share: A College Teacher’s Zoom Journal," 17 June 2020 There were also some encouraging signs that efforts to reduce deforestation had some results in 2019. Fox News, "Destruction of tropical forests worldwide increased in 2019, study shows," 7 June 2020 As encouraging as the May employment numbers are, the jobless rate is likely to remain elevated for a prolonged period of time. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Unemployment in the U.S. falls to 13.3%, confounding forecasters," 5 June 2020 For Texas, where new coronavirus cases have spiked in the past week, the uptick in U.S. employment is encouraging, said Waco economist Ray Perryman. Dallas News, "Jobs are back, but don’t declare victory yet, not even in Texas," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of encouraging

1593, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of encouraging was in 1593

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2 Jul 2020

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“Encouraging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encouraging. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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encouraging

adjective
How to pronounce encouraging (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of encouraging

: causing a hopeful feeling

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