• Encouragement
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v encourage spur on "His financial success encouraged him to look for a wife"
    • v encourage inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
    • v encourage contribute to the progress or growth of "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "tip" dates back to the old London coffeehouses. Conspicuously placed brass boxes etched with the inscription, "To Insure Promptness," encouraged customers to pay for efficient service. The resulting acronym, TIP, has become a byword.
    • v. t Encourage To give courage to; to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope; to raise, or to increase, the confidence of; to animate; enhearten; to incite; to help forward; -- the opposite of discourage. "David encouraged himself in the Lord."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • encourage To give courage to; inspire with courage, spirit, or firmness of mind; incite to action or perseverance.
    • encourage To help forward; promote; give support to: as, to encourage manufactures.
    • encourage To make stronger.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Encourage en-kur′āj to put courage in: to inspire with spirit or hope: to incite: to patronise: to cherish
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  • Jerome P. Fleishman
    Jerome P. Fleishman
    “Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement -- and we will make the goal.”
  • George Eliot
    “Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.”
  • Katherine Hathaway
    Katherine Hathaway
    “There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “The modern sympathy with invalids is morbid. Illness of any kind is hardly a thing to be encouraged in others.”
  • Rev. Dale Turner
    Rev. Dale Turner
    “Listen! Encourage. Say something. Do something. Be yourself. Love”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Instruction does much, but encouragement does everything.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. encourager,; pref. en-,L. in,) + courage, courage. See Courage
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. encoragier (Fr. encourager)—en, to make, corage, courage.


In literature:

They felt all the impulses of home strengthening their arms and encouraging their hearts.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
The shape of the head and brow promised many faculties that the expression of the face did not encourage one to expect.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
E. Encouragement of Christ to the parents of the children.
"Gathering Jewels" by James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
Especially in New York City did he meet with encouragement.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Everywhere, even in the earliest days, the culture of flax was encouraged.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Encouraged by the first success of her enterprise, she rented a larger house, hoping that in it she would do even better.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
The minister is bent on this fule's errand, and you're encouraging in it.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
He has needed counsel and encouragement at every advancing step.
"The Choctaw Freedmen" by Robert Elliott Flickinger
It was her duty to encourage and raise the spirits of the younger ones, and put aside her own misgivings.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
That great encouragement had not been afforded, and greater progress accomplished, may be considered surprising.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West

In poetry:

'T is no encouraging picture: still these few
Redeem their fellows. Once the germ implanted,
Its growth, if slow, is sure.
"Paracelsus: Part III: Paracelsus" by Robert Browning
You knew, my pretty silken treasure,
I must not wed for love or pleasure,
But for a settlement and title;
Yet you encouraged his recital!
"La Derniere Robe De Soi" by Edith Nesbit
And, thus encouraged, look to Thee,
And with a humbled, prostrate will,
Lord! in Thy all-sufficiency
Would find a claim to love Thee still.
"My Times are in Thy Hand" by John Bowring
And stranger still, those whom we serve
So slightly hold the deed;
And they our acts would best subserve,
So seldom get, so often need
Encouragement from us.
"The Thorn" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
At thy appearance, Fear itself grows bold;
Thy sunshine melts away his cold.
Encouraged at the sight of thee,
To the cheek color comes, and firmness to the knee.
"Hymn. To Light" by Abraham Cowley
He paused. She looked at him an instant, bent
Her lustrous eyes upon the floor, but gave
Him no reply, save that her very look
Encouraged him to speak, and he went on:
"---- Their Story Runneth Thus" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

Jelmar used the Checkpoints app to encourage store shoppers to view video ads.
Doc Rivers' late father had three words of advice/encouragement, words that have served the son well in his NBA career as a player and coach.
Fundamentals Are Encouraging, But Investors Still Have Questions.
CircEsteem encourages students to ' clown around '.
Those looking to get into the St Patrick's Day spirit today and support a good cause are encouraged to drop by a Fort Myers car and truck show.
A month or so ago the promos for the male stripper movie "Magic Mike" encouraged female movie-goers to lie about their whereabouts by saying they were going to book club .
Cardinal encourages Catholics to help transform world with their faith.
The recent cold snap across the United States encourages us to stay inside, bundle up and keep warm.
The event is free and tasters are encouraged to B.Y.O.H.S (bring your own hot sauce).
NEW CASTLE — My fellow graduate Bill Wise has been encouraging me to write a book.
Colorin Colorado has free tip sheets on encouraging reading, aimed at parents, in 11 languages, plus toolkits, tip sheets, webcasts, and podcasts for teachers.
Physicians are encouraged to stop ordering tests for nonspecific low back pain and MRIs as the breast cancer screen of choice in average-risk women.
I had to encourage my daughter to stick with it a few times, patience not being her strong point, but she was soon steering Serene (our life-long companion and mode of transport in the game) through the various tracks and roads.
Encouraging Responses to ' Competence ' Questionnaire.

In science:

Sinai for the encouragement to write this paper, B.
Determinantal random point fields
The author’s greatest thanks go to Persi Diaconis (his former thesis advisor) for years of friendship, encouragement, and inspiration.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
Narasimhan encouraged me to prove the factorization theorem at reducible case. I thank him very much for consistent supports..
Factorization of generalized theta functions at reducible case
It is a pleasure to thank him for his help and encouragements, for pointing out a mistake in a first version of this paper, and for helping to repair it.
Ramification of local fields with imperfect residue fields
Elliott for inspiration and encouragement during the work of this and related research.
Classification of simple $C^*$-algebras of tracial topological rank zero