Meaning of encourage
Pronunciation: (en-kûr'ij, -kur'-), [key]
— -aged, -ag•ing.
- to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence: His coach encouraged him throughout the marathon race to keep on running.
- to stimulate by assistance, approval, etc.: One of the chief duties of a teacher is to encourage students.
- to promote, advance, or foster: Poverty often encourages crime.
- encourage (Thesaurus)