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

Other Words from encouraging

encouragingly \ in-​ˈkər-​i-​jiŋ-​lē How to pronounce encouraging (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 In some ways the successful resistance in Ukraine has been encouraging, and yet, the U.S. response included the decision not to intervene directly, which totally makes sense in terms of U.S. foreign policy. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 4 Aug. 2022 Marks brought his teammates to the mound for a meeting after Service tied the game and shared some encouraging words that inspired them to calm their nerves and keep their collective composure. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 3 June 2022 Perry checked in with the singers before their performance in a particularly moving moment and offered some encouraging words to Moss. Fred Sahai, Billboard, 4 Apr. 2022 Had all six conservative justices joined Justice Gorsuch’s concurrence, former Administrator Michaels could never have written those encouraging words. Simon Lazarus, The New Republic, 19 Jan. 2022 Labor force gains are encouraging, according to Arkansas Commerce Secretary Mike Preston. Andrew Moreau, Arkansas Online, 23 July 2022 While upbeat economic data is encouraging, weaker reports could give the Fed more reason to ease up on rate hikes, potentially reducing the risk of pushing the economy into a recession. Damian J. Troise, USA TODAY, 15 July 2022 The survey results are encouraging, said Harring-Cozzi. The Indianapolis Star, 14 July 2022 As for Jovic’s defensive stands against Warriors guard Moses Moody, a member of the Warriors’ main roster who scored 13 Tuesday, Allen said the moments were encouraging. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 5 July 2022 See More

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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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“Encouraging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encouraging. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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