part of speech: verb
inflections: encourages, encouraging, encouraged
definition 1: to give hope or courage to; give confidence to.
- Winning in the first round encouraged the team and gave them confidence that they could win.
antonyms: deter, discourage, dismay
definition 2: to give help, support, or approval to.
- The coach encouraged her in her dreams of becoming a track star.
- The two boys were starting up a fight, and their friends were encouraging them.
synonyms: egg on, prompt, spur on
definition 3: to enthusiastically advise (someone) to do something; urge.
- Her parents encouraged her to audition for the school play.