What is the meaning of encouraging?


  • Contribute to the progress or growth of.
    • usage: "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"
  • Inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to.
  • Spur on.
    • usage: "His financial success encouraged him to look for a wife"


  • Giving courage or confidence or hope.
    • usage: "encouraging advances in medical research"
  • Furnishing support and encouragement.
    • usage: "the anxious child needs supporting and accepting treatment from the teacher"
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APAWordNet. (2010). encouraging. Retrieved August 17, 2017, from http://smartdefine.org/encouraging/definitions/1173294
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