encourage

  • 1 encourage — 1 Encourage, inspirit, hearten, embolden, cheer, nerve, steel mean to fill with courage or strength of purpose especially in preparation for a hard task or purpose. Encourage in its basic and still common sense implies the raising of confidence… …

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  • 2 encouragé — encouragé, ée (an kou ra jé, jée) part. passé. À qui du courage a été inspiré. Encouragé par ces paroles. La troupe encouragée par l exemple du chef marcha en avant …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 3 encourage — [v1] stimulate spiritually animate, applaud, boost, brighten, buck up*, buoy, cheer, cheer up, comfort, console, embolden, energize, enhearten, enliven, excite, exhilarate, fortify, galvanize, give shot in arm*, gladden, goad, hearten, incite,… …

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  • 4 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, or to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 encourage — I verb back, back up, boost, embolden, endorse, hearten, inspire, support II index abet, assure (give confidence to), coax, conduce, contribute (assist) …

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  • 6 encourage — early 15c., from O.Fr. encoragier make strong, hearten, from en make, put in (see EN (Cf. en ) (1)) + corage (see COURAGE (Cf. courage)). Related: Encouraged; encouraging …

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  • 7 encouragé — Encouragé, [encourag]ée. part. pass. Il a mesme signification que son verbe …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 8 encourage — ► VERB 1) give support, confidence, or hope to. 2) help or stimulate the development of. DERIVATIVES encouragement noun encourager noun encouraging adjective. ORIGIN French encourager, from corage courage …

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  • 9 encourage — [en kʉr′ij, inkʉr′ij] vt. encouraged, encouraging [ME encouragen < OFr encoragier: see EN 1 & COURAGE] 1. to give courage, hope, or confidence to; embolden; hearten 2. to give support to; be favorable to; foster; help …

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  • 10 encourage */*/*/ — UK [ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms encourage : present tense I/you/we/they encourage he/she/it encourages present participle encouraging past tense encouraged past participle encouraged 1) to suggest that someone does something that …

    English dictionary

  • 11 encourage — verb ADVERB ▪ greatly, highly (AmE), strongly ▪ We were greatly encouraged by the support we received. ▪ Speaking your mind is highly encouraged at these sessions. ▪ especially …

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  • 12 encourage — 01. My parents have always [encouraged] me to do my best. 02. My wife gave me a lot of [encouragement] when I was writing my first book. 03. Women fleeing an abusive relationship are [encouraged] to contact the Ministry of Human Resources for… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 13 encourage — en|cour|age W1S2 [ınˈkʌrıdʒ US ınˈkə:r ] v [T] 1.) to give someone the courage or confidence to do something ≠ ↑discourage ▪ I want to thank everyone who has encouraged and supported me. encourage sb to do sth ▪ Cooder was encouraged to begin… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 encourage — en|cour|age [ ın kʌrıdʒ ] verb transitive *** 1. ) to suggest that someone does something that you believe would be good: We encourage student participation in our classes. encourage someone to do something: Mom always encouraged us to discuss… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 encourage — [[t]ɪnkʌ̱rɪʤ, AM kɜ͟ːr [/t]] ♦♦ encourages, encouraging, encouraged 1) VERB If you encourage someone, you give them confidence, for example by letting them know that what they are doing is good and telling them that they should continue to do it …

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  • 16 encourage — verb 1) the players were encouraged by the crowd s response Syn: hearten, cheer, buoy up, uplift, inspire, motivate, spur on, stir, stir up, fire up, stimulate, invigorate, vitalize, revitalize, embolden, fortify, rally …

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  • 17 encourage — 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… …

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  • 18 encourage — verb (T) 1 to say or do something that helps someone have the courage or confidence to do something: Haldene encouraged him in his work. | encourage sb to do sth: Patricia encouraged me to apply for the job. 2 to make something more likely to… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 encourage*/*/*/ — [ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒ] verb [T] 1) to try to persuade someone to do something that you believe would be good Ant: discourage We encourage student participation in our classes.[/ex] Mum always encouraged us to discuss our problems.[/ex] 2) to provide… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 20 encourage — /ɛnˈkʌrɪdʒ / (say en kurij), /ən / (say uhn ) verb (t) (encouraged, encouraging) 1. to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence. 2. to stimulate by assistance, approval, etc. –noun 3. → encourage handicap. 4. → encourage horse. {Middle English …

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