American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To inspire with hope, courage, or confidence; hearten.
- v. To give support to; foster: policies designed to encourage private investment.
- v. To stimulate; spur: burning the field to encourage new plant growth.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To give courage to; inspire with courage, spirit, or firmness of mind; incite to action or perseverance.
- To help forward; promote; give support to: as, to encourage manufactures.
- To make stronger.
- v. To mentally support; to motivate, give courage, hope or spirit.
- v. To spur on, strongly recommend.
- v. To foster, give help or patronage
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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
- v. inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
- v. spur on
- v. contribute to the progress or growth of
- 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"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English encouragen, from Old French encoragier : en-, causative pref.; see en-1 + corage, courage; see courage. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Mansfield say that the object of the exception in regard to Spain and Portugal was to encourage -- yes, to _encourage_ -- the smuggling trade.”
“In fact, the word encourage means “to put courage into, to give strength.””
“It's a great feeling to have a label encourage you to be more socially conscious and politically active.”
“May I take this opportunity to again encourage NLM readers who are looking for spiritual reading to considering taking up The Rule of St. Benedict (a nice edition is published by Roman Catholic Books) and to consider monastic retreats and the monastic vocation as part of fostering a liturgical life.”
“May I also take this opportunity to again encourage our priests, religious and laymen and women to also consider coordinating and beginning your own equivalent types of pilgrimages and retreats in your own regions.”
“And another thing that I'd like to encourage is colleges of education.”
“And I once again encourage any willing Ontario residents to email your representatives and press them to:”
“Does this emphasis upon physical pain encourage the rest of us to dig deeply into the handbag of our experience and come up with something serviceable, when, in reality, the problem is not actually a matter of hurt at all?”
“The reader who carefully peruses that bafflegab will observe that the only debate that the ECRI desires to encourage is one among journalists over how much self-censorship they should practice.”
“All I can ask or encourage is that NASA mgmt do this whenever possible.”
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