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encourage

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1 to fill with courage or strength of purpose
  • a pep talk that encouraged the team to get out there and do their best
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2 to help the growth or development of
  • asserted that the government should be encouraging small businesses
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3 to rouse to strong feeling or action
  • The movie's special effects encourage audiences to sit on the edge of their seats.
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build a fire under

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4 to try to persuade (someone) through earnest appeals to follow a course of action
  • My parents encouraged me to try out again for the team.
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encourage, inspirit, hearten, embolden mean to fill with courage or strength of purpose. encourage suggests the raising of one's confidence especially by an external agency.
    • the teacher's praise encouraged the students to greater efforts
inspirit, somewhat literary, implies instilling life, energy, courage, or vigor into something.
    • patriots inspirited the people to resist
hearten implies the lifting of dispiritedness or despondency by an infusion of fresh courage or zeal.
    • a hospital patient heartened by good news
embolden implies the giving of courage sufficient to overcome timidity or reluctance.
    • emboldened by her first success, she tried an even more difficult climb


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