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en·cour·age

 (ĕn-kûr′ĭj, -kŭr′-)
tr.v. en·cour·aged, en·cour·ag·ing, en·cour·ag·es
1. To inspire with hope, courage, or confidence.
2. To give support to; foster: policies designed to encourage private investment.
3. To stimulate; spur: burning the field to encourage new plant growth.

[Middle English encouragen, from Old French encoragier : en-, causative pref.; see en-1 + corage, courage; see courage.]

en·cour′ag·er n.
Synonyms: encourage, cheer, embolden, hearten, inspire
These verbs mean to impart courage, inspiration, and resolution to: encouraged the patient not to give up hope; cheered the contestants on; was emboldened to sing for the guests; was heartened by the test results; were inspired by their initial success to take the next step.

encourage

(ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒ)
vb (tr)
1. to inspire (someone) with the courage or confidence (to do something)
2. to stimulate (something or someone to do something) by approval or help; support
enˈcouragement n
enˈcourager n
enˈcouraging adj
enˈcouragingly adv

en•cour•age

(ɛnˈkɜr ɪdʒ, -ˈkʌr-)

v.t. -aged, -ag•ing.
1. to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence.
2. to stimulate by guidance, approval, etc.
3. to promote; foster.
[1400–50; late Middle English encoragen < Anglo-French, Middle French encorag(i)er]
en•cour′ag•er, n.
en•cour′ag•ing•ly, adv.

encourage


Past participle: encouraged
Gerund: encouraging

Imperative
encourage
encourage
Present
I encourage
you encourage
he/she/it encourages
we encourage
you encourage
they encourage
Preterite
I encouraged
you encouraged
he/she/it encouraged
we encouraged
you encouraged
they encouraged
Present Continuous
I am encouraging
you are encouraging
he/she/it is encouraging
we are encouraging
you are encouraging
they are encouraging
Present Perfect
I have encouraged
you have encouraged
he/she/it has encouraged
we have encouraged
you have encouraged
they have encouraged
Past Continuous
I was encouraging
you were encouraging
he/she/it was encouraging
we were encouraging
you were encouraging
they were encouraging
Past Perfect
I had encouraged
you had encouraged
he/she/it had encouraged
we had encouraged
you had encouraged
they had encouraged
Future
I will encourage
you will encourage
he/she/it will encourage
we will encourage
you will encourage
they will encourage
Future Perfect
I will have encouraged
you will have encouraged
he/she/it will have encouraged
we will have encouraged
you will have encouraged
they will have encouraged
Future Continuous
I will be encouraging
you will be encouraging
he/she/it will be encouraging
we will be encouraging
you will be encouraging
they will be encouraging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been encouraging
you have been encouraging
he/she/it has been encouraging
we have been encouraging
you have been encouraging
they have been encouraging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been encouraging
you will have been encouraging
he/she/it will have been encouraging
we will have been encouraging
you will have been encouraging
they will have been encouraging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been encouraging
you had been encouraging
he/she/it had been encouraging
we had been encouraging
you had been encouraging
they had been encouraging
Conditional
I would encourage
you would encourage
he/she/it would encourage
we would encourage
you would encourage
they would encourage
Past Conditional
I would have encouraged
you would have encouraged
he/she/it would have encouraged
we would have encouraged
you would have encouraged
they would have encouraged
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.encourage - contribute to the progress or growth of; "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"
connive at, wink at - give one's silent approval to
foster, further - promote the growth of; "Foster our children's well-being and education"
spur - incite or stimulate; "The Academy was formed to spur research"
help - contribute to the furtherance of; "This money will help the development of literacy in developing countries"
carry - take further or advance; "carry a cause"
feed - support or promote; "His admiration fed her vanity"
conduce, contribute, lead - be conducive to; "The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"
back up, support - give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to; "She supported him during the illness"; "Her children always backed her up"
2.encourage - inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
exhort, pep up, root on, urge on, barrack, urge, inspire, cheer - spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts; "The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers"
nurture, foster - help develop, help grow; "nurture his talents"
hollo - encourage somebody by crying hollo
animate, enliven, inspire, invigorate, exalt - heighten or intensify; "These paintings exalt the imagination"
cheer, embolden, hearten, recreate - give encouragement to
draw out - make more sociable; "The therapist drew out the shy girl"
bring out - encourage to be less reserved; "The teacher tried to bring out the shy boy"
goad, spur - give heart or courage to
discourage - deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged
3.encourage - spur on; "His financial success encouraged him to look for a wife"
cause, induce, stimulate, make, get, have - cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "The ads induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to buy a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa"

encourage

verb
1. inspire, comfort, rally, cheer, stimulate, reassure, animate, console, rouse, hearten, cheer up, embolden, buoy up, pep up, boost someone's morale, give hope to, buck up (informal), gee up, lift the spirits of, give confidence to, inspirit When things aren't going well, he always encourages me.
inspire depress, discourage, dishearten, dispirit
2. urge, persuade, prompt, spur, coax, incite, egg on, abet He encouraged her to quit her job.
urge prevent, scare, intimidate, deter, inhibit, daunt, hinder, dissuade, throw cold water on (informal)
3. promote, back, help, support, increase, further, aid, forward, advance, favour, boost, strengthen, foster, advocate, stimulate, endorse, commend, succour Their task is to encourage private investment in Russia.
promote prevent, inhibit, hinder, retard, throw cold water on (informal)

encourage

verb
1. To impart courage, inspiration, and resolution to:
2. To impart strength and confidence to:
3. To lend supportive approval to:
4. To help bring about:
Translations
povzbudit
opmuntretilskyndeanbefale
julgustamaõhutama
rohkaistakannustaa
ohrabriti
hvetjahvetja, telja kjark í
勇気づける
용기를 북돋우다
drąsinantisdrąsintipaakintipadrąsindamaspadrąsinimas
iedrošinātmudinātskubinātuzmundrināt
spodbujati
uppmuntra
ให้กำลังใจ
cesaret vermekteşvik etmekyüreklendirmek
khuyến khích

encourage

[ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒ] VT [+ person] → animar, alentar; [+ industry, growth] → estimular, fomentar
to encourage sb to do sthanimar a algn a hacer algo
the discovery encouraged him in his belief that she was still aliveel hallazgo reafirmó su creencia de que aún seguía viva

encourage

[ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒ] vt
[+ person] → encourager
Don't encourage him! → Ne l'encourage pas!
to be encouraged by sth → être réconforté(e) par qch
to encourage sb to do sth (gen)encourager qn à faire qch; (to do sth undesirable)inciter qn à faire qch
[+ industry, growth] → encourager; [+ activity, attitude] → encourager

encourage

vt personermutigen, ermuntern; (= motivate)anregen; (= give confidence)Mut machen (+dat), → ermutigen; arts, industry, projects, investmentsfördern; (Sport) team, competitoranfeuern, anspornen; bad habitsunterstützen; to encourage participationzum Mitmachen anregen; we don’t want to encourage suspicionwir wollen keinen Verdacht erregen; to be encouraged by somethingdurch etw neuen Mut schöpfen; he’s lazy enough as it is, please don’t encourage himer ist schon faul genug, bitte ermuntern or unterstützen Sie ihn nicht noch; that will encourage bad habitsdas wird zu schlechten Gewohnheiten führen; to encourage somebody to do somethingjdn ermutigen or ermuntern, etw zu tun; you’ll only encourage him to think …er wird dann nur noch eher glauben, dass …; this encourages me to think that maybe …das lässt mich vermuten, dass vielleicht …

encourage

[ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒ] vt (person) → incoraggiare; (industry, growth) → favorire
to encourage sb (to do sth) → incoraggiare qn (a fare qc)

encourage

(inˈkaridʒ) , ((American) -ˈkə:-) verb
1. to give support, confidence or hope to. The general tried to encourage the troops: You should not encourage him in his extravagance; I felt encouraged by his praise.
2. to urge (a person) to do something. You must encourage him to try again.
enˈcouraging adjective
enˈcouragingly adverb
enˈcouragement noun
words of encouragement; He must be given every encouragement.

the opposite of encourage is discourage.

encourage

يُشَجِّعُ povzbudit opmuntre ermutigen ενθαρρύνω animar rohkaista encourager ohrabriti incoraggiare 勇気づける 용기를 북돋우다 aanmoedigen oppmuntre zachęcić encorajar ободрять uppmuntra ให้กำลังใจ yüreklendirmek khuyến khích 鼓励

encourage

vt. alentar, animar.
References in classic literature ?
Collins's fancying herself in love with her friend had once occurred to Elizabeth within the last day or two; but that Charlotte could encourage him seemed almost as far from possibility as she could encourage him herself, and her astonishment was consequently so great as to overcome at first the bounds of decorum, and she could not help crying out:
Whatever was wrong, in either her or her brother, he would encourage by laughing at, if not by actually praising: people little know the injury they do to children by laughing at their faults, and making a pleasant jest of what their true friends have endeavoured to teach them to hold in grave abhorrence.
and when he comes again, if his affection continue, I must be on my guard not to encourage it.
Shall the church of Christ hear in silence the taunt that is thrown at them, and shrink away from the helpless hand that they stretch out; and, by her silence, encourage the cruelty that would chase them from our borders?
And was it not your duty, as a good husband, to encourage me to say more?
Thorpe's being in love with her, and the consequent impossibility of her having ever intended to encourage him.
A gentle murmur from the aunts seemed to encourage him, and he went on with an engaging smile, for the good man was slyly trying to win all the ladies to vote for him when the time came.
And I believe you will be encouraging your wife in a hopeless effort, if you encourage her to persist in the search for her lost friend.
When they had first met this gallant gentleman at Geneva, Gowan had been undecided whether to kick him or encourage him; and had remained for about four-and-twenty hours, so troubled to settle the point to his satisfaction, that he had thought of tossing up a five-franc piece on the terms, 'Tails, kick; heads, encourage,' and abiding by the voice of the oracle.
She could consult with her brother, could receive her sister-in-law on her arrival, and treat her with proper attention; and could strive to rouse her mother to similar exertion, and encourage her to similar forbearance.
Our Emperor joined the army to encourage it to defend every inch of Russian soil and not to retreat.
What has happened in the schoolroom encourages me to persevere in the investigation.