What does Encourage mean?

Definitions for Encourage
ɛnˈkɜr ɪdʒ, -ˈkʌr-en·cour·age

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. promote, advance, boost, further, encourageverb

    contribute to the progress or growth of

    "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"

  2. encourageverb

    inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to

  3. encourageverb

    spur on

    "His financial success encouraged him to look for a wife"


  1. encourageverb

    To mentally support; to motivate, give courage, hope or spirit.

    I encouraged him during his race.

  2. encourageverb

    To spur on, strongly recommend.

    We encourage the use of bicycles in the town centre.

  3. encourageverb

    To foster, give help or patronage

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

  4. Etymology: encoragen, from encoragier, from encoragier from "courage". Displaced native belden (from bieldan), bealden (from bealdian), herten (from hiertan), elnian.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Encourageverb

    Etymology: encourager, French.

    They encourage themselves in an evil matter. Ps. lxiv. 5.

    I would neither encourage the rebels, nor discourage the protestants loyalty. Charles I .

    I doubt not but there are ways to be found, to assist our reason in this most useful part; and this the judicious Hooker encourages me to say. John Locke.


  1. encourage

    Courage International, also known as Courage Apostolate and Courage for short, is an approved apostolate of the Catholic Church that counsels "men and women with same-sex attractions in living chaste lives in fellowship, truth and love". Based on a treatment model for drug and alcohol addictions used in programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Courage runs a peer support program aimed at helping gay people remain abstinent from same-sex sexual activity.The organization runs support groups led by a priest to encourage its members to abstain from acting on their homosexual desires and to live according to the teachings of the Catholic Church on homosexuality. Courage also has a ministry geared towards the relatives and friends of gay people called Encourage.The apostolate was endorsed by the Pontifical Council for the Family in 1994 through the statement of Alfonso Cardinal López Trujillo.Courage has received criticism from LGBT advocacy groups, such as New Ways Ministry, which say that Courage's methods are "problematic and very dangerous to people's spiritual health". In 2015, the Southern Poverty Law Center listed Courage International as one of the ten most prominent "ex-gay" anti-LGBT organizations.


  1. encourage

    To encourage is to give support, confidence, or hope to someone. It involves motivating or stimulating them to continue or improve in something they're doing, often through positive reinforcement, compliments, and expressions of confidence in their abilities. This can apply to various aspects of life such as work, personal growth, or difficult challenges.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Encourageverb

    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 discourage

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Encourage

    en-kur′āj, v.t. to put courage in: to inspire with spirit or hope: to incite: to patronise: to cherish.—ns. Encour′agement, act of encouraging: that which encourages; Encour′ager,—p.adj. Encour′aging, giving ground to hope for success.—adv. Encour′agingly. [O. Fr. encoragier (Fr. encourager)—en, to make, corage, courage.]

Editors Contribution

  1. encourage

    Give support, motivation, confidence and positivity to each other.

    Cheerleaders cheering a football game in the crowd

    Submitted by JP03 on February 15, 2015  

  2. encourage

    Give support, motivation, confidence, optimism and positivity to each other.

    We encourage each other to achieve knowing we are a united humanity working together with universal beings for the optimum health and shared prosperity of all animals, human beings and living organisms on planet earth.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 1, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Encourage' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2056

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Encourage' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2187

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Encourage' in Verbs Frequency: #200

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Encourage in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Encourage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Encourage in a Sentence

  1. Jim Mcingvale:

    We encourage all Houstonians in need of shelter to go the George R. Brown Convention Center, god Bless you, God Bless your family, and God Bless Texas.

  2. Sarah Church:

    If they’re really worried about it… I would encourage people to try to talk to somebody about it, either their doctor or a trusted friend or someone like a therapist… to talk about what’s going on with their drinking.

  3. Anthony Fauci:

    I would encourage any individual who is elderly or is medically fragile to think long and hard about going to any large gathering that would involve close quarters and potential spread. And if they do go, to take appropriate personal hygiene protections.

  4. Arthur Lurigio:

    A new mayor with a plan for police reform and better police-community relations will enhance the quality of life in the city and encourage people -- especially young people who wish to start a family -- to move to the city, the perceptions that a new mayor creates about safety and policing could make the city a more attractive place to live and stop the outflow of residents.

  5. C. C. Colton:

    We ought not be over anxious to encourage innovation, in case of doubtful improvement, for an old system must ever have two advantages over a new one; it is established and it is understood.

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  • التشجيع, شجعArabic
  • поощрявам, насърчавам, окуражавамBulgarian
  • povzbuditCzech
  • opmuntre, anbefaleDanish
  • empfehlen, ermutigenGerman
  • instigi, vigligi, subteni, kuraĝigiEsperanto
  • animar, recomendar, alentarSpanish
  • julgustama, õhutamaEstonian
  • rohkaista, kannustaaFinnish
  • encouragerFrench
  • spreagIrish
  • המליץ, ראה בחיוב, עודדHebrew
  • प्रोत्साहित करनाHindi
  • biztat, támogat, bátorít, buzdít, felbátorítHungarian
  • mendorongIndonesian
  • incoraggiareItalian
  • 勇気付けるJapanese
  • 격려Korean
  • incito, adhortor, excito, hortor, corrōborō, animoLatin
  • whakatītinaMāori
  • patroneren, bemoedigen, aanmoedigen, bevorderen, steunenDutch
  • oppmuntre, anbefaleNorwegian
  • dopingować, popierać, wspieraćPolish
  • encorajarPortuguese
  • însufleți, încurajaRomanian
  • воодушеви́ть, обо́дрить, воодушевля́ть, поощри́ть, ободря́ть, поощря́ть, поощрятьRussian
  • uppmuntraSwedish
  • ஊக்குவிக்கTamil
  • ప్రోత్సాహముTelugu
  • cesaretlendirmek, teşvik etmekTurkish
  • khuyến khíchVietnamese
  • 鼓勵Chinese

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