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Definition of "encourage" []

  • To inspire with hope, courage, or confidence; hearten. (verb-transitive)
  • To give support to; foster: policies designed to encourage private investment. (verb-transitive)
  • To stimulate; spur: burning the field to encourage new plant growth. (verb-transitive)
  • To inspire (someone) with the courage or confidence (to do something) (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To stimulate (something or someone to do something) by approval or help; support (verb)

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Use "encourage" in a sentence
  • "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."