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[v] spur on; "His financial success encouraged him to look for a wife"
[v] inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
[v] contribute to the progress or growth of; "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"


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discourage

Misc. Definitions

\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 {Courage}.] 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 discourage. David encouraged himself in the Lord. --1 Sam. xxx.
6. Syn: To embolden; inspirit; animate; enhearten; hearten; incite; cheer; urge; impel; stimulate; instigate; countenance; comfort; promote; advance; forward; strengthen.

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