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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.
References in classic literature ?
There was no being displeased with such an encourager, for his admiration made him discern a likeness almost before it was possible.
The Popes have long been the patrons and preservers of art, just as our new, practical Republic is the encourager and upholder of mechanics.
She posted the larger girls at the little levers that were to cast the rocks on the assailants, the smaller were to be used more for show than any positive service they could perform, while, like any other leader, she reserved her own person, as a superintendent and encourager of the whole.
The encouragers of the first mob never intended matters should go this length, and the people in general expressed the utter detestation of this unparalleled outrage, and I wish they could be convinced what infinite hazard there is of the most terrible consequences from such demons, when they are let loose in a government where there is not constant authority at hand sufficient to suppress them.
In my time, the encouragers of modern painting were limited in number to a few noblemen and gentlemen of ancient lineage, who, in matters of taste, at least, never presumed to think for themselves.
Yes - and it is my belief that Eliza Millward and she, if not the very originators of the slanderous reports that have been propagated, were designedly the encouragers and chief disseminators of them.
Le commissaire du festival de culture populaire de la wilaya de jijel, Youcef Berrihi, a souligne que cette caravane s'inscrit dans le cadre du programme des echanges culturels visant a encourager les jeunes talents dans differents genres de chant et de musique.
Encourager les souscriptions a l'assurance agricole est une bonne chose, il faut juste revoir la methode d'evaluation des zones sinistrees et revoir les delais d'indemnisations.
Tahir a declare lors de sa visite d'inspection a la raffinerie Mardi que son ministere va encourager les compagnies pour une forte cooperation, tout en appelant a definir des prix convenables afin d'attirer les pays voisins a raffiner leur or au Soudan
He is an ever-present encourager and a sage of sound advice.
Il a fait savoir que le ministere oeuvre en etroite collaboration avec les professionnels dans le but de promouvoir la liberte de la presse, une collaboration qui s'est illustree par l'action visant a adopter un code de la presse moderne ne comprenant aucune peine privative de liberte, et qui vise a renforcer le role de la justice et a encourager l'auto-organisation parmi les professionnels dans un cadre de democratie et d'independance.
Among his Jacksonville civic endeavors are the Rotary club, Chamber of Commerce board of directors, encourager program for students at Tollenson Elementary School and senior meal delivery for the Jacksonville Senior Center.