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.
Policies designed to encourage private investment.
Burning the field to encourage new plant growth.
We encourage the use of bicycles in the town centre.
Origin of encourage
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”).