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en·cour·age / enˈkərij; -ˈkə-rij/ • v. [tr.] give support, confidence, or hope to (someone): we were encouraged by the success of this venture [as adj.] (encouraging) the results are very encouraging [as adj.] (encouraged) I feel much encouraged. ∎  give support and advice to (someone) so that they will do or continue to do something: [tr.] pupils are encouraged to be creative. ∎  help or stimulate (an activity, state, or view) to develop: the intention is to encourage new writing talent.DERIVATIVES: en·cour·age·ment n.en·cour·ag·er n.en·cour·ag·ing·ly adv.