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Meaning of encourage by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English encoragen, from Anglo-Norman encoragier, from Old French encoragier from en- +‎ corage "courage". Displaced native Middle English belden, bielden ( “to encourage” ) ( from Old English bieldan ( “to encourage” ) ), Middle English bealden, balden ( “to encourage” ) ( from Old English bealdian ( “to encourage, make bold” ) ), Middle English herten ( “to encourage, enhearten” ) ( from Old English hiertan, hyrtan ( “to enhearten” ) ), Old English elnian ( “to encourage, strengthen” ) .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /ɪnˈkʌɹɪʤ/, SAMPA: /In"kVrIdZ/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /ɪnˈkɝɹɪʤ/, SAMPA: /In"k3`rIdZ/
    • Hyphenation: en‧cour‧age



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Explanation of encourage by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. spur on

    2. His financial success encouraged him to look for a wife
    3. inspire with confidence

    4. contribute to the progress or growth of

    Definition of encourage by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Encourage ( ?; 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, or to increase, the confidence of; to animate; enhearten; to incite; to help forward; -- the opposite of discourage.

      David encouraged himself in the Lord. 1 Sam. xxx. 6.

      Syn. -- To embolden; inspirit; animate; enhearten; hearten; incite; cheer; urge; impel; stimulate; instigate; countenance; comfort; promote; advance; forward; strengthen.