Encourage definition

ĕn-kûrĭj, -kŭr-
To give courage, hope, or confidence to; embolden; hearten.
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To give support to; foster.

Policies designed to encourage private investment.

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Encourage is defined as to give someone hope, confidence or support.

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.

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To stimulate; spur.

Burning the field to encourage new plant growth.

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To give support to; be favorable to; foster; help.
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To inspire with hope, courage, or confidence.
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To mentally support; to motivate, give courage, hope or spirit.

I encouraged him during his race.

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To spur on, strongly recommend.

We encourage the use of bicycles in the town centre.

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To foster, give help or patronage.

The royal family has always encouraged the arts in word and deed.

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Origin of encourage

  • Middle English encouragen from Old French encoragier en- causative pref. en–1 corage courage courage

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary