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Definition 1: spur on - [verb of communication]

Samples where encourage or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • His financial success encouraged him to look for a wife

(encourage is a kind of ...) cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner

"The ads induced me to buy a VCR" "My children finally got me to buy a computer" "My wife made me buy a new sofa"

Definition 2: inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to - [verb of emotion]

(encourage is a kind of ...) heighten or intensify

"These paintings exalt the imagination"

(... is a kind of encourage ) spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts

"The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers"

(... is a kind of encourage ) help develop, help grow

"nurture his talents"

(... is a kind of encourage ) encourage somebody by crying hollo

(... is a kind of encourage ) give encouragement to

(... is a kind of encourage ) make more sociable

"The therapist drew out the shy girl"

(... is a kind of encourage ) encourage to be less reserved

"The teacher tried to bring out the shy boy"

(... is a kind of encourage ) give heart or courage to

(encourage causes ...) be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes

"I am still hoping that all will turn out well"

Samples where encourage or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom

Synonyms for encourage in the sense of this definition

(encourage is a kind of ...) give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to

"She supported him during the illness" "Her children always backed her up"

(... is a kind of encourage ) give one's silent approval to

(... is a kind of encourage ) promote the growth of

"Foster our children's well-being and education"

(... is a kind of encourage ) incite or stimulate

"The Academy was formed to spur research"

(... is a kind of encourage ) contribute to the furtherance of

"This money will help the development of literacy in developing countries"

(... is a kind of encourage ) take further or advance

"carry a cause"

(... is a kind of encourage ) support or promote

"His admiration fed her vanity"

(... is a kind of encourage ) be conducive to

"The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"

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