en·cour·ag·ing | \in-ˈkər-i-jiŋ, -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, -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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Opposition supporters said the army's crushing victories in other rebel strongholds had loomed large over this offensive, breaking morale and encouraging towns and villages to surrender one by one as the bombing intensified. Louisa Loveluck, chicagotribune.com, "Syrian army raises flag above city considered birthplace of uprising against Assad," 12 July 2018 Wright, who scored 185 times for the Gunners, was previously highly critical of former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger but now sees light at the end of the tunnel following the appointment of Emery and some encouraging signings. SI.com, "Arsenal Legend Ian Wright Gives Verdict on Transfer Dealings After Gunners Sign Lucas Torreira," 11 July 2018 Addressing reporters Monday, Narongsak, the governor, says rescue teams will power on riding a wave of slow but encouraging progress. Time, "A Youth Soccer Team Has Been Trapped in a Thai Cave for More Than a Week. Here's Why It's Taking So Long to Find Them," 2 July 2018 But this insurgency, which is both encouraging and alarming Democratic officials, is not merely aimed at pushing the party farther left ideologically. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "As Trump Consolidates Power, Democrats Confront a Rebellion in Their Ranks," 30 June 2018 The commonwealth’s strategy, however, centers on high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes to allow carpoolers to ride free, encouraging carpooling and transit use. Washington Post, "Maryland races to catch up with Virginia in toll road projects," 30 June 2018 But both Eureka and Kameron were so supportive of me and so encouraging. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "'Drag Race' winner Aquaria wants to address 'toxicity' in fan community," 29 June 2018 Helping and watching others grow is very rewarding and encouraging. Lisa Deaderick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "A master at wielding the lightsaber and teaching others the sport," 23 June 2018 Luckily, Loren had a very positive experience talking with Alexei's parents, who were encouraging and loving. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "We Caught Up With Some '90 Day Fiancé' Couples Because We Know It's Your Guilty Pleasure," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of encouraging

1593, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of encouraging

: causing a hopeful feeling

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