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 (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.


inspired with confidence that something will happen or is true
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.encouraged - inspired with confidence; "felt bucked up by his success"
pleased - experiencing or manifesting pleasure


[ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒd] adjréconforté(e)
to be encouraged that ... → être réconforté(e) par le fait que ...
References in classic literature ?
Little notice was taken of her stories, but they found a market, and encouraged by this fact, she resolved to make a bold stroke for fame and fortune.
Krajiek encouraged them in the belief that in Black Hawk they would somehow be mysteriously separated from their money.
The soil where this dark miner was working bad perchance shown indications that encouraged him.
Meanwhile, Stubb retaining his place in the van, still encouraged his men to the onset, all the while puffing the smoke from his mouth.
Joe's father would often come in and give a little help, as he understood the work; and Joe took a great deal of pains to learn, and John was quite encouraged about him.
They took an immense interest in the fight and encouraged us all they could, and, in fact, couldn't have been pleasanter or more cordial if it had been their own fight.
He was encouraged to chance a parting shot, now, at the same target, and did it.
Sandy, one of our number, gave up the notion, but still encouraged us.
Emma encouraged her talkativeness amused by such a picture of another set of beings, and enjoying the youthful simplicity which could speak with so much exultation of Mrs.
They encouraged each other now in the violence of their affliction.
I believed he was naturally a man of better tendencies, higher principles, and purer tastes than such as circumstances had developed, education instilled, or destiny encouraged.
I found him very intelligent on the topics we touched; and before I went home, I was encouraged so far as to volunteer another visit to-morrow.