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encourage

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of encourage

  1. 1 to fill with courage or strength of purpose a pep talk that encouraged the team to get out there and win Synonyms of encourage bear up, buck up, buoy (up), cheer (up), chirk (up), embolden, hearten, inspire, inspirit, steel Words Related to encourage animate, enliven, invigorate; enforce, fortify, reinforce (also reenforce), strengthen; assure, reassure; boost, energize, excite, galvanize, provoke, quicken, rally, stimulate, stir Near Antonyms of encourage demoralize, depress, sadden; debilitate, enfeeble, hamstring, undermine, weaken; intimidate, psych (out) Antonyms of encourage daunt, discourage, dishearten, dispirit

  2. 2 to help the growth or development of asserted that the government should be encouraging small businesses, not smothering them with regulations Synonyms of encourage advance, cultivate, foster, forward, further, incubate, nourish, nurse, nurture, promoteWords Related to encourage advocate, back, champion, endorse (also indorse), support, uphold; endow, finance, fund, patronize, stake, subsidize, underwrite; abet, aid, assist; advertise, boost, plug, publicize, tout; agitate (for), campaign (for), work (for)Near Antonyms of encourage ban, bar, enjoin, forbid, interdict, outlaw, prevent, prohibit, proscribe; battle, combat, contend (with), counter, fight, oppose; repress, snuff (out), squash, squelch, stifle, subdue, suppress; arrest, check, halt, retard; encumber, fetter, hobble, impede, interfere (with), manacle, obstruct, shackleAntonyms of encourage discourage, frustrate, hinder, inhibit

  3. 3 to rouse to strong feeling or action the movie's cheap special effects will not encourage audiences to sit on the edge of their seats but to roll in the aisles with laughter Synonyms of encourage arouse, provoke, excite, fire (up), impassion, incite, instigate, move, pique, rev (up), spark, stimulate, stirWords Related to encourage fan, ignite, inflame (also enflame), kindle, trigger; activate, animate, drive, energize, galvanize, induce, inspire, key (up), motivate, motive, pump up, quicken, set off, vitalize; abet, ferment, foment, raise, whip (up); anger, enrage, madden, upset; jeer, taunt, tease; aggravate, annoy, bother, exasperate, gall, get, irritate, vexNear Antonyms of encourage calm, soothe, subdue, tranquilize (also tranquillize); appease, mollify, pacify, placate

  4. 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 Synonyms of encourage egg (on), urge, exhort, goad, nudge, press, prod, promptWords Related to encourage drive, propel, spur, stimulate; hurry, hustle, push, rush; adjure, beseech, implore, importune; blandish, cajole, coax, soft-soap, wheedle; high-pressure, nag, needle, pressure; foment, incite, instigate, provoke, stir (up)Near Antonyms of encourage deter, discourage, dissuade; brake, check, constrain, curb, hold back, inhibit, restrain

Synonym Discussion of encourage

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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