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

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There will also be employees encouraging sustainability and making sure people throw their recycling in the right bins. David Williams, CNN, "Wimbledon is cutting back on plastic at this year's tournament," 1 July 2019 Being able to get through six innings like that and giving us a chance to win really was encouraging and helped my confidence. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Logan Allen might have impressed Padres more in Tuesday’s start against Orioles," 25 June 2019 That is calculated to build support among other Arab donors, but the Gulf countries have been noncommittal, and their record of investment is not encouraging. Mark Landler, New York Times, "White House Unveils Economic Portion of Middle East Peace Plan," 22 June 2019 Spring Tiny/Mini Hawks: The essentials of soccer, basketball and baseball are introduced in a fun, safe, and encouraging environment. courant.com, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 12 June 2019 Massively thankful for your encouraging and supportive love along the way. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lena Headey Responds to Cersei's Big Moment with the Perfect Instagram Tribute," 14 May 2019 This year, gather around the good book with your mom, grandmother, or even your own children and read up on some of the most encouraging and inspirational lines. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "25 Mother's Day Bible Verses to Share With Your Mom," 5 Apr. 2019 Along with covering fines, the company is also encouraging political activism, by urging parents to contact state representatives to lobby for the laws to be appealed. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Country Time offers to pay fines for kids operating unlicensed lemonade stands," 21 June 2019 Potentially encouraging news on trade and interest rates put Wall Street in a buying mood Tuesday, driving the market to solid gains and sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average 350 points higher. Washington Post, "Optimism over trade sends US stocks sharply higher," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of encouraging

1593, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jul 2019

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The first known use of encouraging was in 1593

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English Language Learners Definition of encouraging

: causing a hopeful feeling

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