Hypertext Webster Gateway: "encourage"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Encourage \En*cour"age\ (?; 48), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
{Encouraged} (?; 48); p. pr. & vb. n. {Encouraging}.] [F.
encourager; pref. en- (L. in) + courage courage. See
To give courage to; to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope;
to raise, or to increase, the confidence of; to animate;
enhearten; to incite; to help forward; -- the opposite of

David encouraged himself in the Lord. --1 Sam. xxx.

Syn: To embolden; inspirit; animate; enhearten; hearten;
incite; cheer; urge; impel; stimulate; instigate;
countenance; comfort; promote; advance; forward;

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

v 1: contribute to the progress or growth of; "I am promoting the
use of computers in the classroom" [syn: {promote}, {advance},
{boost}, {further}]
2: inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to [ant: {discourage}]
3: spur on; "His financial success encouraged him to look for a

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