encourage

verb
1)

the players were encouraged by the crowd's response

Syn:
hearten, cheer, buoy up, uplift, inspire, motivate, spur on, stir, stir up, fire up, stimulate, invigorate, vitalize, revitalize, embolden, fortify, rally; informal buck up, pep up, give a shot in the arm to
Ant:
discourage
2)

she had encouraged him to go

Syn:
persuade, coax, urge, press, push, pressure, pressurize, prod, goad, egg on, prompt, influence, sway; informal put ideas into one's head
Ant:
dissuade
3)

the municipal government must encourage local businesses

Syn:
support, back, champion, promote, further, foster, nurture, cultivate, strengthen, stimulate; help, assist, aid, boost, fuel
Ant:
hinder
••
encourage, embolden, foster, hearten, inspire, instigate, stimulate
To encourage is to give active help or to raise confidence to the point where one dares to do what is difficult (encouraged by her teacher, she set her sights on attending Harvard). Embolden also entails giving confidence or boldness, but it implies overcoming reluctance or shyness (success as a public speaker emboldened her to enter politics). To hearten is to put one's heart into or to renew someone's spirit (heartened by the news of his recovery), and to inspire is to infuse with confidence, resolution, or enthusiasm (inspired by her mother's example, she started exercising regularly). To foster is to encourage by nurturing or extending aid (to foster the growth of small businesses by offering low-interest loans); in some contexts, foster suggests an unwise or controversial kind of help (to foster rebellion among local farmers). Instigate also implies that what is being encouraged is not necessarily desirable (to instigate a fight), while stimulate is a more neutral term meaning to rouse to action or effort (to stimulate the growth of crops; to stimulate an interest in literature).

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  • encourage — 1 Encourage, inspirit, hearten, embolden, cheer, nerve, steel mean to fill with courage or strength of purpose especially in preparation for a hard task or purpose. Encourage in its basic and still common sense implies the raising of confidence… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • encouragé — encouragé, ée (an kou ra jé, jée) part. passé. À qui du courage a été inspiré. Encouragé par ces paroles. La troupe encouragée par l exemple du chef marcha en avant …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • encourage — [v1] stimulate spiritually animate, applaud, boost, brighten, buck up*, buoy, cheer, cheer up, comfort, console, embolden, energize, enhearten, enliven, excite, exhilarate, fortify, galvanize, give shot in arm*, gladden, goad, hearten, incite,… …   New thesaurus

  • Encourage — En*cour age (?; 48), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Encouraged} (?; 48); p. pr. & vb. n. {Encouraging}.] [F. encourager; pref. en (L. in) + courage courage. See {Courage}.] To give courage to; to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope; to raise, or to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • encourage — I verb back, back up, boost, embolden, endorse, hearten, inspire, support II index abet, assure (give confidence to), coax, conduce, contribute (assist) …   Law dictionary

  • encourage — early 15c., from O.Fr. encoragier make strong, hearten, from en make, put in (see EN (Cf. en ) (1)) + corage (see COURAGE (Cf. courage)). Related: Encouraged; encouraging …   Etymology dictionary

  • encouragé — Encouragé, [encourag]ée. part. pass. Il a mesme signification que son verbe …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • encourage — ► VERB 1) give support, confidence, or hope to. 2) help or stimulate the development of. DERIVATIVES encouragement noun encourager noun encouraging adjective. ORIGIN French encourager, from corage courage …   English terms dictionary

  • encourage — [en kʉr′ij, inkʉr′ij] vt. encouraged, encouraging [ME encouragen < OFr encoragier: see EN 1 & COURAGE] 1. to give courage, hope, or confidence to; embolden; hearten 2. to give support to; be favorable to; foster; help …   English World dictionary

  • encourage */*/*/ — UK [ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms encourage : present tense I/you/we/they encourage he/she/it encourages present participle encouraging past tense encouraged past participle encouraged 1) to suggest that someone does something that …   English dictionary

  • encourage — verb ADVERB ▪ greatly, highly (AmE), strongly ▪ We were greatly encouraged by the support we received. ▪ Speaking your mind is highly encouraged at these sessions. ▪ especially …   Collocations dictionary

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