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 Nick Clegg defended the company's two-year suspension of former President Donald Trump on Sunday, saying its new guidelines for public figures regulate comments encouraging violence, not lies. Davone Morales, ABC News, 6 June 2021 Meanwhile, there were encouraging results at the World Cup stop in Lucerne, where sculler Kara Kohler finished second ahead of Irish world champion Sanita Puspure and the double of Gevvie Stone-Kristina Wagner collected bronze. BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2021 These moves are encouraging as merchant acquiring is very resource intensive since the solution needs to be pitched to and accepted by businesses and merchants are onboarded one at a time. Forbes, 4 June 2021 The data on the public's increasing optimism comes amid similarly encouraging numbers on the trend of the pandemic itself. Ariel Edwards-levy, CNN, 4 June 2021 After issuing two emergency drought declarations and encouraging water conservation, Gov. Spencer Cox is now urging Utahns to join him in seeking divine intervention. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 June 2021 The three-star linebacker is working on his fellow Auburn High teammates like Brad Harper, encouraging to check out the local school. Giana Han, al, 2 June 2021 The offensive totals were not encouraging with 12 runs and 47 strikeouts. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, 1 June 2021 Hundreds of fans immediately took to the comments section to share encouraging words of love and support with the ABC star. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 31 May 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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9 Jun 2021

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“Encouraging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encouraging. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of encouraging

: causing a hopeful feeling


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