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1. encourage

verb. ['ɛnˈkɝːɪdʒ, ɪnˈkɝːədʒ'] contribute to the progress or growth of.

Synonyms

  • help
  • feed
  • connive at
  • support
  • wink at
  • back up
  • boost
  • spur
  • promote
  • contribute
  • lead
  • carry
  • conduce
  • further
  • advance

Antonyms

  • background
  • play down
  • hide
  • hold

Etymology

  • encoragen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • encoragier (Anglo-Norman)

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Words that Rhyme with Encourage

  • courage

How do you pronounce encourage?

Pronounce encourage as ɪnˈkərəʤ.

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Example sentences of the word encourage


1. Verb, base form
Offer a coupon to encourage people to come into your store.

2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
They are confident in their own abilities, so instead, they encourage teamwork.

Quotes containing the word encourage


1. Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you.
- William Arthur Ward

2. 'Halal in the Family' will expose a broad audience to some of the realities of being Muslim in America. By using satire, we will encourage people to reconsider their assumptions about Muslims, while providing a balm to those experiencing anti-Muslim bias. I also hope those Uncles and Aunties out there will crack a smile!
- Aasif Mandvi

3. Our best teachers do more than impart facts and figures - they inspire and encourage students and instill a true desire to learn. That's a fine art in itself.
- Sonny Perdue

2. encourage

verb. ['ɛnˈkɝːɪdʒ, ɪnˈkɝːədʒ'] inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to.

Synonyms

  • invigorate
  • hearten
  • barrack
  • enliven
  • hope
  • embolden
  • nurture
  • pep up
  • bring out
  • exhort
  • root on
  • urge on
  • animate
  • urge
  • exalt
  • cheer
  • foster
  • hollo
  • inspire
  • spur
  • goad
  • draw out

Antonyms

  • discourage
  • despair
  • hopelessness
  • pessimism

Etymology

  • encoragen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • encoragier (Anglo-Norman)

3. encourage

verb. ['ɛnˈkɝːɪdʒ, ɪnˈkɝːədʒ'] spur on.

Synonyms

  • make
  • stimulate
  • cause
  • get
  • induce

Antonyms

  • de-energise
  • de-energize
  • deaden
  • stifle

Etymology

  • encoragen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • encoragier (Anglo-Norman)
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