What does encourage mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word encourage.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. promote, advance, boost, further, encourage(verb)

    contribute to the progress or growth of

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

  2. encourage(verb)

    inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to

  3. encourage(verb)

    spur on

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

Wiktionary

  1. encourage(Verb)

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

    I encouraged him during his race.

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

  2. encourage(Verb)

    To spur on, strongly recommend.

    We encourage the use of bicycles in the town centre.

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

  3. encourage(Verb)

    To foster, give help or patronage

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Encourage(verb)

    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  

British National Corpus

  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

How to pronounce encourage?

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How to say encourage in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Barry Wynn:

    The governor would obviously like to see that there is enthusiastic and widespread and diverse support for his campaign, i would say that you’re doing very well in South Carolina, and I would certainly encourage him to run.

  2. Ali Abdulaziz:

    The political process is stumbling. Parties encourage each other to fight and these political games prolong the war, may God calm the situation so that there is any political solution, we want to go back to our country.

  3. Corey Feldman:

    I want to be very clear. I stand for any and all victims of sexual abuse or assault, as a survivor and someone who has been fighting for this to become a focal topic of our society for decades and is fighting diligently to abolish the statutes of limitations across the country, I applaud all victims for letting their voices be heard and I encourage the public debate to continue.

  4. Rebecca Mikula-Wright:

    If investors see strong and positive policy signals that encourage deeper emissions reductions by 2030, and a clear path to net-zero emissions by mid-century, they will respond with greater investment in clean technology and climate-resilient infrastructure.

  5. Kevin Brady:

    I want to thank our Members on both sides of the aisle for their important work on this bill, and I encourage quick action so we can provide certainty to these families whose parents paid the ultimate price.

Images & Illustrations of encourage

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Translations for encourage

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  • شجع, التشجيعArabic
  • насърчавам, окуражавам, поощрявамBulgarian
  • povzbuditCzech
  • anbefale, opmuntreDanish
  • ermutigen, empfehlenGerman
  • instigi, kuraĝigi, subteni, vigligiEsperanto
  • alentar, animar, recomendarSpanish
  • õhutama, julgustamaEstonian
  • rohkaista, kannustaaFinnish
  • encouragerFrench
  • spreagIrish
  • ראה בחיוב, עודד, המליץHebrew
  • प्रोत्साहित करनाHindi
  • felbátorít, támogat, buzdít, bátorít, biztatHungarian
  • incoraggiareItalian
  • 勇気付けるJapanese
  • 격려Korean
  • corrōborō, excito, incito, adhortor, hortor, animoLatin
  • whakatītinaMāori
  • aanmoedigen, steunen, patroneren, bemoedigen, bevorderenDutch
  • oppmuntre, anbefaleNorwegian
  • dopingować, popierać, wspieraćPolish
  • encorajarPortuguese
  • încuraja, însuflețiRomanian
  • поощря́ть, ободря́ть, поощри́ть, обо́дрить, воодушеви́ть, воодушевля́ть, поощрятьRussian
  • uppmuntraSwedish
  • ஊக்குவிக்கTamil
  • ప్రోత్సాహముTelugu
  • teşvik etmek, cesaretlendirmekTurkish
  • khuyến khíchVietnamese

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