encourage Definition

  • 1give support, confidence, or hope to (someone)
  • 2to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope
  • 3to stimulate by assistance, approval, etc.

Using encourage: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "encourage" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I always try to encourage my students to do their best.

  • Example

    Her parents encouraged her to pursue her dreams.

  • Example

    The coach encouraged the team to keep fighting until the end.

  • Example

    We need to encourage more people to recycle.

encourage Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for encourage

Idioms Using encourage

  • sufficient motivation or support


    Just knowing that people believe in me is encouragement enough.

  • to feel motivated or inspired by something


    I take encouragement from the fact that I have made progress.

  • supportive or motivating words


    Her coach gave her some words of encouragement before the big game.

Phrases with encourage

  • to give someone the confidence or motivation to do something


    I encouraged my friend to apply for the job.

  • to give someone support or approval for something they are doing


    Her parents always encouraged her in her artistic pursuits.

  • to help something to develop or progress


    The government is encouraging the growth of small businesses.

Origins of encourage

from Old French 'encoragier', meaning 'make strong, hearten'


Summary: encourage in Brief

To 'encourage' [ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒ] someone is to give them support, confidence, or hope, often to motivate them to do something. It can also mean to inspire with courage or spirit, or to stimulate by assistance or approval. Examples include 'I always try to encourage my students to do their best' and 'We need to encourage more people to recycle.' Phrases like 'encourage someone to do something' and idioms like 'words of encouragement' highlight the supportive nature of this verb.

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