What is the meaning of encourage?

verb

  • 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"
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APAWordNet. (2010). encourage. Retrieved February 24, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/encourage/definitions/1272885
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "encourage" http://smartdefine.org/encourage/definitions/1272885 (accessed February 24, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, encourage, Smart Define, viewed 24 February, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/encourage/definitions/1272885>.
MLAWordNet. "encourage" 23 October 2010. Web. 24 February 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/encourage/definitions/1272885>
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