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

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 But researchers noted that encouraging signs of other tortoises — from scat to tracks — have been found on Fernandina. Sammy Westfall, Washington Post, 15 June 2022 Companies are increasingly encouraging staff to come back to the office, travel and attend in-person meetings and events. Carylynn Larson, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Especially compared to other harmful viruses in circulation right now, the chances of avoiding monkeypox are pretty encouraging—for now, at least. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, 7 June 2022 Yet the results of Australia’s gun buyback are encouraging. Philip Alpers, CNN, 1 June 2022 Fans and other parents are generally encouraging as well. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 16 May 2022 Saturday, though, certainly was encouraging, the way the offense took off from the outset and kept going. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 That’s hardly encouraging, given the recent increase in attacks. David Meyer, Fortune, 25 Apr. 2022 And even these examples are not necessarily encouraging. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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20 Jun 2022

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“Encouraging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encouraging. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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