encouraged


verb (used with object), en·cour·aged, en·cour·ag·ing.

  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.

verb (tr)

  1. to inspire (someone) with the courage or confidence (to do something)
  2. to stimulate (something or someone to do something) by approval or help; support
v.

early 15c., from Old French encoragier “make strong, hearten,” from en- “make, put in” (see en- (1)) + corage (see courage). Related: Encouraged; encouraging.

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