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 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 The Blackhawks won the next two games, including 6-5 at Met Center in Game 3, and veteran forward Bobby Smith said coach Bob Gainey's calm and encouraging approach served the team well. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, 12 July 2021 By saying that, Johnson's spokesman was essentially encouraging fans who were booing to keep doing so. Mike Freeman, USA TODAY, 12 July 2021 The schools should take protective steps, such as masking unvaccinated students and staff, adding air purifiers and encouraging vaccinations for those eligible. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, 12 July 2021 To get in the spirit of 36-year-old James, Mackie embraced an inspiring attitude, and shared an encouraging monologue. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, 10 July 2021 Although there's no guarantee that financial success results in victories, Democrats are likely to see the numbers as encouraging signs of ongoing engagement from supporters with more than a year left to build momentum for the midterm elections. Rick Klein, Averi Harper, ABC News, 9 July 2021 The group has long played a major role in shaping Haitian politics, both maneuvering privately and issuing public statements to back selected leaders and encouraging or critiquing specific policies. New York Times, 8 July 2021 In February, Cadegiani's team reported an encouraging early finding: Proxalutamide helped nonhospitalized patients with mild to moderate symptoms clear the virus much faster than those given a placebo. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 7 July 2021 Some states that took the time to correct issues with their programs are now on an encouraging track, Yentel said. Washington Post, 7 July 2021

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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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15 Jul 2021

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“Encouraging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encouraging. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of encouraging

: causing a hopeful feeling

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