A woman is encouraged by her friend.
- An example of encourage is telling someone everything is going to be okay.
- An example of encourage is telling a singer they have an amazing voice.
transitive verb-·aged, -·ag·ing
- to give courage, hope, or confidence to; embolden; hearten
- to give support to; be favorable to; foster; help
Origin of encourageMiddle English encouragen from Old French encoragier: see en- and courage
transitive verben·cour·aged, en·cour·ag·ing, en·cour·ag·es
- To inspire with hope, courage, or confidence.
- To give support to; foster: policies designed to encourage private investment.
- To stimulate; spur: burning the field to encourage new plant growth.
Origin of encourageMiddle English encouragen from Old French encoragier en- causative pref. ; see en- 1. corage courage ; see courage .
(third-person singular simple present encourages, present participle encouraging, simple past and past participle encouraged)
Middle English encoragen, from Anglo-Norman encoragier, from Old French encoragier from en- + corage "courage". Displaced native Middle English belden, bielden (“to encourage”) (from Old English bieldan (“to encourage”)), Middle English bealden, balden (“to encourage”) (from Old English bealdian (“to encourage, make bold”)), Middle English herten (“to encourage, enhearten”) (from Old English hiertan, hyrtan (“to enhearten”)), Old English elnian (“to encourage, strengthen”).