Definitions for: Encourage

[v] spur on; "His financial success encouraged him to look for a wife"
[v] inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
[v] contribute to the progress or growth of; "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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
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

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

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

Synonyms: advance, boost, further, promote

Antonyms: discourage

See Also: animate, back up, barrack, bring out, carry, cause, cheer, conduce, connive at, contribute, draw out, embolden, enliven, exalt, exhort, feed, foster, foster, get, goad, have, hearten, help, hollo, hope, induce, inspire, invigorate, lead, make, nurture, pep up, recreate, spur, spur, stimulate, support, urge, urge on, wink at

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