[n] the act of giving hope or support to someone
[n] the expression of approval and support
[n] the feeling of being encouraged
abetment, advancement, aid, approval, assist, assistance, cheering, commendation, fosterage, fostering, furtherance, goad, goading, help, hope, incitement, instigation, morale booster, morale building, prod, prodding, promotion, provocation, shouting, spur, spurring, urging, vote of confidence
\En*cour"age*ment\, n. [Cf. F. encouragement.]
1. The act of encouraging; incitement to action or to practice; as, the encouragement of youth in generosity. All generous encouragement of arts. --Otway.
2. That which serves to incite, support, promote, or advance, as favor, countenance, reward, etc.; incentive; increase of confidence; as, the fine arts find little encouragement among a rude people. To think of his paternal care, Is a most sweet encouragement to prayer. --Byron.