[ US /ɛnˈkɝɪdʒ, ɪnˈkɝədʒ/ ]
[ UK /ɛnkˈʌɹɪd‍ʒ/ ]
  1. spur on
    His financial success encouraged him to look for a wife
  2. inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
  3. contribute to the progress or growth of
    I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom
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How To Use encourage In A Sentence

  • A lot of schools don't really encourage team sports .
  • Cutting into the growth a little while you're there is also a good plan, to encourage new, bushier growth. In the garden this week: Summer pruning and preening
  • This norm encourages people to add a lot of extraneous self-indulgent stuff because they see the guests as a captive audience.
  • Its independence may encourage it to pursue a course of narrow self-interest rather than the public interest. Financial Markets, Institutions and Money
  • Direct Mail One of the most effective ways to recruit and encourage members and supporters is by direct mail.
  • If you have bought modern 'remontant' varieties that flower again, give them a good feed now to encourage them. Times, Sunday Times
  • Matters went on pretty well with us until my master was seized with a severe fit of illness, in consequence of which his literary scheme was completely defeated, and his condition in life materially injured; of course, the glad tones of encouragement which I had been accustomed to hear were changed into expressions of condolence, and sometimes assurances of unabated friendship; but then it must be remembered that I, the handsomest blue coat, was _still in good condition_, and it will perhaps appear, that if I were not my master's The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 10, No. 262, July 7, 1827
  • Improved safety measures in cars can be counterproductive as they encourage people to drive faster.
  • At the top end of the glen darts of sunshine poked through the billowing clouds and encouraged us to go for it and, fully rigged up in waterproofs, we were soon splashing our way up into the Lairig Eilde.
  • If a man is a fool, the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking. - Woodrow Wilson
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