AskDefine | Define encourage

Dictionary Definition



1 contribute to the progress or growth of; "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom" [syn: promote, advance, boost, further]
2 inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to [ant: discourage]
3 spur on; "His financial success encouraged him to look for a wife"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK) /ɪnˈkʌɹɪʤ/, /In"kVrIdZ/
  • (US) /ɪnˈkɝɹɪʤ/, /In"k3`rIdZ/
  • Hyphenation: en·cour·age


  1. To mentally support; to motivate.
    I encouraged him during his race.
  2. To recommend.
    We encourage the use of bicycles in town centre.


Derived terms

Related terms


mentally support or motivate



  1. Form of First-person singular present subjunctive, encourager
  2. Form of Third-person singular present subjunctive, encourager
  3. Form of Second-person singular imperative, encourager

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abet, admonish, advance, advantage, advocate, aid, aid and abet, animate, ask for, assist, assure, bear up, bolster, boost, brace up, brighten, buck up, buoy up, caution, charge, cheer, cheer up, chirk up, comfort, condole with, conduce to, console, contribute to, countenance, ease, egg on, embolden, endorse, enjoin, enliven, exhilarate, exhort, expedite, expostulate, facilitate, favor, feed, forward, foster, further, give a lift, give comfort, give encouragement, gladden, go for, hasten, hearten, help, incite, induce, inspire, inspirit, invigorate, invite, issue a caveat, keep in countenance, lend wings to, liven, make for, move, nerve, nourish, nurture, pep up, persuade, pick up, preach, promote, prompt, push forward, put at ease, put forward, quicken, reassure, rejoice, rejoice the heart, relieve, remonstrate, set at ease, set forward, shine upon, smile upon, solace, speed, stimulate, subscribe, subsidize, support, sympathize with, urge, vitalize, warn
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