Definition of encouraging in English:

encouraging

adjective

  • 1Giving someone support or confidence; supportive.

    ‘she gave me an encouraging smile’
    • ‘I got the feeling he wished you hadn't been so encouraging.’
    • ‘She gave Jane an encouraging smile, and in return Jane confided in her just how uneasy she was.’
    • ‘They think they are being encouraging, but in reality, their words can have a devastating effect.’
    • ‘He proved generous, encouraging, supportive and resilient.’
    • ‘Visit our new email form to send me an encouraging epistle.’
    • ‘I think teachers should be more encouraging.’
    • ‘Georgiana gave him what she desperately hoped was an encouraging smile.’
    • ‘Well, Happy Veteran's Day to all of your readers and thanks to them for all of the encouraging e-mails!’
    • ‘I have written since that time occasional pieces accepted by a procession of editors, none more encouraging or courteous than Ed Skillin.’
    • ‘Now, Don, there's some encouraging news.’
    • ‘I'm fairly direct but very encouraging.’
    • ‘The doctors are as encouraging as they dare be.’
    • ‘Many of you have sent encouraging emails guaranteeing me that things will get better, and I really appreciate your thoughts.’
    • ‘"Feels just like the real thing," she said, with an encouraging smile.’
    • ‘The professor gave her an encouraging grin.’
    • ‘The Reluctant Soldier On the day before he died, Eddie Wagner wrote an encouraging letter to a friend back at Penn State.’
    • ‘I think he started again because I annoy him, even though I have tried to be encouraging.’
    • ‘She gave him an encouraging look.’
    • ‘The officials had not been encouraging.’
    • ‘I spoke to Jonathan, and he said some very encouraging words, and everything shifted.’
    supportive, reassuring, affirmative, sympathetic, sensitive, understanding, helpful
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    1. 1.1 Positive and giving hope for future success; promising.
      ‘the results are very encouraging’
      • ‘Even more encouraging is that he has shown the ability to single-handedly steal a game.’
      • ‘One of the most encouraging signs for capital spending is that outlays for new construction are finally turning the corner.’
      • ‘An extension to three diverse small biomolecules also gave encouraging results.’
      • ‘Overseas, there are encouraging examples of leadership transforming the fortunes of a country by investing in its children.’
      • ‘That was something that was encouraging to me.’
      • ‘Word back from the players is very encouraging for the future.’
      • ‘The results during the first year were very encouraging, with an estimated 250 million of additional yield from the various projects.’
      • ‘Still, he says, "seeing the effects in patients with depression was encouraging."’
      • ‘The survey also found encouraging evidence on setting outcomes in the Criminal Justice Sector.’
      • ‘That there is any alternative media at all is actually quite encouraging.’
      • ‘It is an encouraging story to set against Bath's cautionary tale.’
      • ‘Last week the omens were not terribly encouraging.’
      • ‘However it was encouraging to note that a significant number of those surveyed predicted a standstill budget.’
      • ‘AmCham's active involvement in the process is another encouraging sign for the treaty's conclusion.’
      • ‘Builders already sense a more encouraging market in coming months.’
      • ‘In Division One, Westwood's encouraging start continued with a 3-win at Queensbury Reserves.’
      • ‘Its recent track record in relation to the semi-states is hardly encouraging.’
      • ‘This was the encouraging milieu in which China's reform of the State sector was able to proceed.’
      • ‘The meeting ended early with the only encouraging sign being a vague promise to keep communication open.’
      • ‘However, for a mere six-week exposure, even modest success is encouraging.’
      promising, hopeful, auspicious, propitious, favourable, bright, rosy, cheerful, full of promise
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Pronunciation

encouraging

/ɪŋˈkʌrɪdʒɪŋ//ɛŋˈkʌrɪdʒɪŋ/