Encourage - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪnˈkɜːrɪdʒ|  American pronunciation of the word encourage
Brit.  |ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒ|  British pronunciation of the word encourage


- contribute to the progress or growth of (syn: advance, boost, further, promote)
- inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
- spur on

His financial success encouraged him to look for a wife


They encouraged us in our work.

Encourage each other with kind words.

The program is meant to encourage savings.

Warm weather encourages plant growth.

He claims the new regulations will encourage investment.

He claims the new regulations will encourage people to invest.

We want to encourage students to read more.

My parents encouraged me to go back to college.

They encouraged her to go.

I gave him all the information but I didn't encourage him one way or another.

I want to thank everyone who has encouraged and supported me.

Cooder was encouraged to begin playing the guitar by his father.

Fleur encouraged Dana in her ambition to become a model.

Cantor didn't mind if they worked late; in fact, he actively encouraged it.

A 10p rise in cigarette prices is not enough to encourage smokers to stop.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: encourage
he/she/it: encourages
present participle: encouraging
past tense: encouraged
past participle: encouraged
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