Definition of encouragement in English:

encouragement

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The action of giving someone support, confidence, or hope:

    ‘thank you for all your support and encouragement’
    • ‘Now the Australian finds himself offering similar words of encouragement to another team-mate.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, the developments I have just described do provide cause for encouragement.’
    • ‘He realises how privileged he is to have such support and encouragement at home.’
    • ‘In this unfamiliar setting, experienced educators needed and received support, encouragement and validation.’
    • ‘Elizabeth's tender look gave him the encouragement he needed as he asked for everyone's attention.’
    • ‘Miss Cartwright was unfortunately not the type to offer express encouragement.’
    • ‘At each step of the way the characters provide lots of friendly encouragement.’
    • ‘I enjoy responding to their letters, providing them with information and encouragement to help them achieve their own fitness goals.’
    • ‘I got some inspiring encouragement from a number of individuals during My Project.’
    • ‘Talk with a close friend or relative who you trust and who can offer encouragement and support.’
    • ‘These wonderful people always find time to share information, ideas, and encouragement.’
    • ‘Please be sure to offer a word of thanks or encouragement to them whenever you have the chance.’
    • ‘With Linda's love and encouragement, Cole summons up the will to return to composing.’
    • ‘With a broad smile, she worked her way around the room with hugs, pleasantries and words of encouragement for all.’
    • ‘He has been a constant source of encouragement throughout.’
    • ‘Also, we must push forward, even if there is a lack of skilled women, female teachers, or encouragement from peers.’
    • ‘And I would like to give encouragement to the couple missing their little girl.’
    • ‘Were it not for the support and encouragement from my extended family, I would not be here today.’
    • ‘Their clients were coming to them for a mix of escape and encouragement.’
    • ‘Words of encouragement are a powerful motivator, especially for kids struggling to keep up.’
    heartening, cheering, cheering up, buoying up, pepping up, uplifting, inspiration, rallying, motivation, incitement, stimulation, animation, invigoration, invigorating, emboldening, fortification
    persuasion, coaxing, urging, pushing, pressure, pressurization, exhortation, prodding, egging on, prompting
    supporting, support, backing, endorsement, championship, championing, sponsoring, advocacy, promotion, furtherance, furthering, advance, advancing, forwarding, fostering, strengthening, nurture, cultivation
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    1. 1.1 Persuasion to do or to continue something:
      ‘incentives and encouragement to play sports’
      • ‘The success of that experience and her brother's encouragement kept her in science, she says.’
      • ‘While we draw encouragement and motivation from these results, there is still much work to do.’
      • ‘The Franciscans gave him no encouragement to remain; and the provincial threatened him with excommunication if he persisted.’
      • ‘The first episode, which was a huge success, became an encouragement to make more.’
      • ‘Left alone for the first time, Darcy kissed her again, deepening the kiss with encouragement from Elizabeth.’
      • ‘Even the coaching and encouragement of former international Tommy Doyle has failed to get the results.’
      • ‘Kittirat admitted that Thai investors might need encouragement.’
      • ‘Was I wrong, therefore, to take encouragement from it?’
      • ‘I think we definitely need to do that tomorrow so as not to give the opposition any encouragement.’
      • ‘And he spent the rest of the dance advising her on the steps and offering encouragement.’
      • ‘Zhang says: "I was thrilled to win a PhD prize, it is a tremendous encouragement for me to continue with my research."’
      • ‘Every successful use of the netroots has involved some kind of encouragement for donors.’
      • ‘With little encouragement on my part, a friend agreed to lend me her children for the night.’
      • ‘Full of encouragement, the fires started licking the outside walls and flames growing bigger reached the higher floors.’
      • ‘Other patients needed encouragement to call their health care providers regarding specific problems they were experiencing.’
      • ‘Instead, we do not give encouragement in this country to those who favour the use of coal for energy, at all.’
      • ‘Next, with the mayor's encouragement, the NYPD moved 300 officers to a new task force charged with stopping the attacks.’
      • ‘To our knowledge, the effect of encouragement on walk performance has not been studied subsequently.’
      • ‘The stallion, already spooked and restless, did not require much encouragement.’
      • ‘I enjoyed the articles so much I had to thank you for the encouragement.’
    2. 1.2 The act of trying to stimulate the development of an activity, state, or belief:
      ‘the encouragement of foreign investment’
      • ‘We cannot build nations, although we can at times provide encouragement and incentives for those determined to build their own.’
      • ‘Moscow insists on portraying U.S. encouragement of free media and elections as a plot to extend Western influence at Russia's expense.’
      • ‘Another important role which Lindelöf played in Finland was the encouragement of the study of the history of mathematics in that country.’
      • ‘A big drop in bond yields offered little encouragement for a tired stock market.’
      • ‘The strategy builds and develops the School's research profile by the active encouragement of a thriving research culture.’

Pronunciation:

encouragement

/ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒm(ə)nt/