encouraging
adjective Date: 1593 giving hope or promise <
encouraging news
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encouragingly adverb

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  • encouraging — [en kʉr′ij iŋ, inkʉr′ij iŋ] adj. giving courage, hope, or confidence encouragingly adv. * * * en·cour·ag·ing (ĕn kûrʹə jĭng, kŭrʹ ) adj. Giving courage, confidence, or hope: an encouraging advance in medical research.   en·courʹag·ing·ly adv. * * …   Universalium

  • Encouraging — En*cour a*ging, a. Furnishing ground to hope; inspiriting; favoring. {En*cour a*ging*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • encouraging — index auspicious, favorable (advantageous), favorable (expressing approval), moving (evoking emotion), propitious, viable Burton …   Law dictionary

  • encouraging — [en kʉr′ij iŋ, inkʉr′ij iŋ] adj. giving courage, hope, or confidence encouragingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • encouraging — adj. 1) encouraging to + inf. (it is encouraging to read that illiteracy is declining) 2) encouraging that + clause (it s encouraging that the inflation rate has dropped) * * * [ɪn kʌrɪdʒɪŋ] encouraging to + inf. (it is encouraging to read that… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • encouraging — [[t]ɪnkʌ̱rɪʤiŋ, AM kɜ͟ːr [/t]] ADJ GRADED: oft it v link ADJ that Something that is encouraging gives people hope or confidence. There are encouraging signs of an artistic revival... The results have been encouraging... It was encouraging that he …   English dictionary

  • encouraging — adj. VERBS ▪ be, look, seem, sound ▪ remain ADVERB ▪ extremely, highly, immensely …   Collocations dictionary

  • encouraging — en|cour|ag|ing S3 [ınˈkʌrıdʒıŋ US ınˈkə:r ] adj giving you hope and confidence = ↑reassuring ▪ The encouraging news is that typhoid is on the decrease. ▪ The signs are encouraging but there s a long way to go. >encouragingly adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • encouraging — en|cour|ag|ing [ ın kʌrıdʒıŋ ] adjective ** giving you confidence or hope: The news from the doctors is very encouraging. an encouraging smile ─ opposite DISCOURAGING ╾ en|cour|ag|ing|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • encouraging */*/ — UK [ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒɪŋ] / US adjective giving you confidence or hope The news from the doctors is very encouraging. an encouraging smile Derived word: encouragingly adverb …   English dictionary

  • Encouraging — Encourage En*cour age (?; 48), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Encouraged} (?; 48); p. pr. & vb. n. {Encouraging}.] [F. encourager; pref. en (L. in) + courage courage. See {Courage}.] To give courage to; to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope; to raise,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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