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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 win
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2 to help the growth or development of

  • asserted that the government should be encouraging small businesses, not smothering them with regulations
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3 to rouse to strong feeling or action

  • the movieʼs cheap special effects will not encourage audiences to sit on the edge of their seats but to roll in the aisles with laughter
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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

  • the pastor continues to encourage the couple to work out their problems in hopes of saving their marriage
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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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