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Middle English encoragen, from Anglo-French encorager, from en- + curage courage

  • Date: 15th century


b : to attempt to persuade : urge <they encouraged him to go back to school>
  • 2 : to spur on : stimulate <warm weather encourages plant growth>
  • 3 : to give help or patronage to : foster <government grants designed to encourage conservation>

— en·cour·ag·er noun

For lessons on the topic of Encouragement, follow this link.


encourage, inspirit, hearten, embolden mean to fill with courage or strength of purpose. encourage suggests the raising of one's confidence especially by an external agency <the teacher's praise encouraged the students to greater efforts>. inspirit, somewhat literary, implies instilling life, energy, courage, or vigor into something <patriots inspirited the people to resist>. hearten implies the lifting of dispiritedness or despondency by an infusion of fresh courage or zeal <a hospital patient heartened by good news>. embolden implies the giving of courage sufficient to overcome timidity or reluctance <emboldened by her first success, she tried an even more difficult climb>.