/en kerr"ij, -kur"-/, v.t., encouraged, encouraging.1. to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence: His coach encouraged him throughout the marathon race to keep on running.2. to stimulate by assistance, approval, etc.: One of the chief duties of a teacher is to encourage students.3. to promote, advance, or foster: Poverty often encourages crime.[1400-50; late ME encoragen < AF, MF encorag(i)er. See EN-1, COURAGE]Syn. 1. embolden, hearten, reassure. 2. urge; support, aid, help.Ant. 1. discourage, dishearten.
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