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Meaning of ENCOURAGE

Pronunciation:  en'kurij

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  spur on; "His financial success encouraged him to look for a wife"
  2. [v]  inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
  3. [v]  contribute to the progress or growth of; "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"

ENCOURAGE is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: advance, boost, further, promote
 Antonyms: discourage
 See Also: animate, back up, barrack, bring out, carry, cause, cheer, conduce, connive at, contribute, draw out, embolden, enliven, exalt, exhort, feed, foster, foster, get, goad, have, hearten, help, hollo, hope, induce, inspire, invigorate, lead, make, nurture, pep up, recreate, spur, spur, stimulate, support, urge, urge on, wink at



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\En*cour"age\ (?; 48), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
{Encouraged} (?; 48); p. pr. & vb. n. {Encouraging}.] [F.
encourager; pref. en- (L. in) + courage courage. See
To give courage to; to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope;
to raise, or to increase, the confidence of; to animate;
enhearten; to incite; to help forward; -- the opposite of

      David encouraged himself in the Lord.    --1 Sam. xxx.

Syn: To embolden; inspirit; animate; enhearten; hearten;
     incite; cheer; urge; impel; stimulate; instigate;
     countenance; comfort; promote; advance; forward;

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