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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This is why the opposition from Holder and Murphy is so encouraging. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "New Jersey Democrats have a new gerrymandering plan. It is indefensible — and national Democrats need to stop it.," 14 Dec. 2018 As Camdin Hellmich entered Children’s Hospital after being hit by a school a bus June 1, 2017, on his bike, the outlook from doctors was not encouraging. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Less than a year after being hit by a bus, Dousman teenager thrives," 15 Mar. 2018 Declining inventories and growing optimism about U.S.-China trade talks are fueling a rally in industrial metals such as copper—an encouraging sign for investors fretting over the global economy. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Falling Stockpiles Help Unleash Industrial Metals Rally," 25 Feb. 2019 My goal is always to achieve curl definition while not encouraging frizz, but outcomes vary wildly. Glamour, "Dyson’s Supersonic Hair Dryer Ended My 20-Year Battle Against Frizz," 28 Mar. 2019 However, Sadie Stanley was ultimately cast as Kim, and Madelaine even sent her an encouraging DM about her new role. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Disney Releases Live-Action "Kim Possible" Trailer," 8 Dec. 2018 But the encouraging and rewarding thing is that governments are willing to ask hard questions about their investments. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Sit in a circle. Talk to other pregnant women. Save your baby’s life?," 2 Nov. 2018 Williams’ tweet garnered 3,000 replies by Monday morning, and the vast majority were positive and encouraging. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "'She took her first steps': A Serena Williams miss working parents can relate to," 9 July 2018 Enthusiastic and encouraging to everyone around him. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Luke Perry Has Tragically Passed Away at 52," 4 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of encouraging

1593, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2019

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English Language Learners Definition of encouraging

: causing a hopeful feeling

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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