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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 ?
It visits the sins of the parents on the children; it encourages vice by depriving fathers and mothers of the strongest of all motives for making the atonement of marriage; and it claims to produce these two abominable results in the names of morality and religion.
Now, usually I never interrupt a woman when she is crying, as it only encourages her to continue; but there was something so unexpected and mysterious about Rosalind's sudden outburst that it was impossible not to be sympathetic.
This bridge, which is the first the Abyssins have seen on the Nile, very much facilitates a communication between the provinces, and encourages commerce among the inhabitants of his empire.
The example of most of the States in their local constitutions encourages us to reprobate the idea.
The Professor encourages her, and whispers to me that it may be a week before we can get any food again.
My recollections of the journey are now, for a little space, dim and confused, inasmuch as a singular drowsiness here overcame me, owing to the fact that we were passing over the enchanted ground, the air of which encourages a disposition to sleep.
The fact that we cannot meet without your endeavouring to plant a temperamental left jab on my spiritual solar plexus encourages me to think that you are beginning at last to understand that we are affinities.
She is grateful to the artists that bring to her this high credit and fill her coffers with foreign money, and so she encourages them with pensions.
I can't understand why Nastasia Philipovna encourages him so.
Perhaps, when a man has special knowledge and special powers like my own, it rather encourages him to seek a complex explanation when a simpler one is at hand.
You can always tell the old river hand by the way in which he stretches himself out upon the cushions at the bottom of the boat, and encourages the rowers by telling them anecdotes about the marvellous feats he performed last season.
Whether or not there is a generous motive at the root, a desire to share and impart, or whether the animation is purely that of insensate fervor and friction, the effect, while it lasts, certainly encourages those who are young, and those who are ignorant, to think the world one great bazaar, with banners fluttering and divans heaped with spoils from every quarter of the globe for their delight.