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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Enthusiastic and encouraging to everyone around him. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Luke Perry Has Tragically Passed Away at 52," 4 Mar. 2019 In fact, Madelaine actually reached out to the actor Sadie Stanley, who was cast as Kim,, with a seriously sweet and encouraging message. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Madelaine Petsch Encouraged "Kim Possible" Star Sadie Stanley Over DM," 14 Sep. 2018 So sweet and encouraging in a time of such hardship... Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "2-year-old distributes burritos to Carr Fire firefighters in viral video," 31 July 2018 Woods’ epic and encouraging round featured a front-nine 30, a season-high eight birdies, just one bogey and a couple of missed opportunities on the back nine that cost him a shot at a course-record 63. Edgar Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Despite Tiger Woods carding career-best 65 at TPC Sawgrass, Webb Simpson in command after 54 holes," 13 May 2018 American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco said Katsouleas comments were welcome and encouraging. Pat Eaton-r0bb, The Seattle Times, "New UConn president says he’s committed to football, AAC," 5 Feb. 2019 The outlook for Sirius looks encouraging, with the company on the cusp of drilling after several years of delays. WSJ, "European Equities Market Talk Roundup," 15 Jan. 2019 Early signs have been so encouraging that the European LCS is adopting a similar model, and will be announcing a slate of permanent teams in the future. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Why competitive gaming is starting to look a lot like professional sports," 27 July 2018 And that is so refreshing, so encouraging and gives me a lot of hope and excitement about the future of the sport. Scott Fowler, charlotteobserver, "Marcus Smith unplugged: On NASCAR, gambling, what draws eyeballs, and Danica Patrick | Charlotte Observer," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of encouraging

1593, in the meaning defined above

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19 Mar 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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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