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Encourage is sometimes a misspelling of encouraged.

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Definition of the verb encourage

What does encourage mean as a doing word?

Encourage is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: encouraged | encouraging | encourages

  1. contribute to the progress or growth of
    • example: They encourage him to write the letter
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, how-extraction]I accept how you do itApprove Verbs: accept, discourage, reject, understand
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, possessive with -ing]I accepted their writing novels
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, that-complement clause]I accepted that they wrote novels
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, what-extraction]I accepted what they were doing
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, not sentential clause]I accepted it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]We promoted the causePromote Verbs: advance, boost, emphasize, further, invite, promote
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, arbitrary control with -ing]We promoted writing novels
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, possessive with -ing]We promoted their writing novels
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of encourage: advance / boost / further / promote
    • more generic terms: back up / support = give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to
    • more specific terms:
  2. inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
  3. spur on

Alternative definition of the verb encourage

verb

  1. To mentally support; to motivate, give courage, hope or spirit.
  2. To spur on, strongly recommend.
  3. To foster, give help or patronage

Music

"ENCOURAGE" is a composition.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for encourage

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Google previewBeyond Budgeting (2003)

How Managers Can Break Free from the Annual Performance Trap by Jeremy Hope, Robin Fraser

And the key behavioral feature they want to encourage is the acceptance of performance responsibility by front-line people. Some people use the term decentralization to describe this idea.Others use devolution, self-governance, ...

Google previewYour Local Environment (2008)

by Sally Hewitt

Encourage To encourage means to give help or to persuade someone to do something. Environment The environment is everything around you. You might live in a built-up environment such as a city or in a natural environment such as the ...

Google previewTechnology Strategies for Music Education (2005)

by Thomas E. Rudolph

One strategy to encourage is the formation of ensembles that blend both digital instruments and computers with traditional analog instruments. 6. Create Musical Toys. An interesting strategy might be to have students create toys with MIDI ...

Google previewNew International Encyclopedia of Bible Words (2016)

by Lawrence O. Richards

The Hebrew words translated "encourage" mean "to strengthen." The Greek words are somewhat more complex. Euthymos, found only in Ac 27:36, means "to be of good cheer" or "to cheer up." Symparakaleomai is found only in Ro 1:12 and ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

ursine animals—bear pit Encompass—include, surround Encompassing everything—allembracing Encore—again Encounter—meet Encounter in which intelligence is exchanged—brush past Encourage—cheer, egg, egg on, foment, foster, ...

Google previewPROFESSIONAL LEARNER’S DICTIONARY OF SPOKEN ENGLISH (2015)

by DASH, RAJENDRA KUMAR

encourage [Verb] To say sth to make sb do sth with more interest or enthusiasm, especially when they are a bit down: A good teacher ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues [4 volumes] (2010)

by Michael Shally-Jensen

Encourage society to purchase homes by subsidizing the interest cost. Charitable contribution deduction. Encourage society to give to charities. Adoption tax credit. Encourage and help subsidize adoptions. Retirement plans (IRA, 401(k), etc.).

Google previewA Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms... (1898)

With an Appendix Embracing a Dictionary of Briticisms, Americanisms, Colloquial Phrases, Etc. ... by Bp. Samuel Fallows

Encourage, rally, countenance, aid, concert, concoct, arrange, order, prepare, scheme, contrive, hatch, design. Disconcerted. [See Disconcert]. Discontinuity. [ See Conformity ]. Discongrufty. [See CongruousJ. Disconnect, Disc onnec ted ...

Google previewThe Giant Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for Four-year-olds (2004)

by Kathy Charner

Language: Encourage the children to make up a story about a favorite shell.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

* To ENCOURAGE. 11. a.

Google previewA complete dictionary of synonyms and antonyms or synonyms and words of opposite meaning

by S. Fallows

Point, aid, abet, enforce, promote, assist, advance, encourage. Bait. SYN. Morsel, snare, decoy, enticement, allurement, inducement. ANT. Warning, scarecrow, dissuasive, deterrent, prohibition, intimidation, threat. prattle, twaddle, Balance.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Modern Ethnic Conflicts, 2nd Edition [2 volumes] (2015)

by Joseph R. Rudolph Jr.

to encourage and/or facilitate the creation of at least one radio station and one television channel in the regional or minority languages; or iii. to make adequate provision so that broadcasters offer programmes in the regional or minority ...

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Usage statistics about encourage

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb encourage:

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Comparison of usage frequency between the verb encourage and its most common antonym:

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Sign language

Teach Your Baby Sign Language to Encourage Communication

Tonya Hayes shares how you can encourage your baby to communicate by teaching him/her sign language.

Quotes about encourage

We must strive to encourage East and West not only to move towards each other but also to encourage them to find a new philosophy, a philosophy which will serve as a tool determining the future of Planet Earth - our common and only shelter. (Nursultan Nazarbayev)
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Scrabble value of E1N1C3O1U1R1A1G2E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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