transitive verb (-aged; -aging) Etymology: Middle English encoragen, from Anglo-French encorager, from en- + curage courage Date: 15th century 1. a. to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope ; hearten <
she was encouraged to continue by her early success
b. to attempt to persuade ; urge <
they encouraged him to go back to school
2. to spur on ; stimulate <
warm weather encourages plant growth
3. to give help or patronage to ; foster <
government grants designed to encourage conservation
encourager noun Synonyms: encourage, inspirit, hearten, embolden mean to fill with courage or strength of purpose. encourage suggests the raising of one's confidence especially by an external agency <
the teacher's praise encouraged the students to greater efforts
. inspirit somewhat literary, implies instilling life, energy, courage, or vigor into something <
patriots inspirited the people to resist
. hearten implies the lifting of dispiritedness or despondency by an infusion of fresh courage or zeal <
a hospital patient heartened by good news
. embolden implies the giving of courage sufficient to overcome timidity or reluctance <
emboldened by her first success, she tried an even more difficult climb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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