Definition of encouragement in US English:

encouragement

noun

  • 1The action of giving someone support, confidence, or hope.

    ‘thank you for all your support and encouragement’
    • ‘Were it not for the support and encouragement from my extended family, I would not be here today.’
    • ‘With Linda's love and encouragement, Cole summons up the will to return to composing.’
    • ‘Elizabeth's tender look gave him the encouragement he needed as he asked for everyone's attention.’
    • ‘And I would like to give encouragement to the couple missing their little girl.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In this unfamiliar setting, experienced educators needed and received support, encouragement and validation.’
    • ‘Now the Australian finds himself offering similar words of encouragement to another team-mate.’
    • ‘Their clients were coming to them for a mix of escape and encouragement.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, the developments I have just described do provide cause for encouragement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Words of encouragement are a powerful motivator, especially for kids struggling to keep up.’
    • ‘Also, we must push forward, even if there is a lack of skilled women, female teachers, or encouragement from peers.’
    • ‘He realises how privileged he is to have such support and encouragement at home.’
    • ‘I got some inspiring encouragement from a number of individuals during My Project.’
    • ‘Miss Cartwright was unfortunately not the type to offer express encouragement.’
    • ‘Please be sure to offer a word of thanks or encouragement to them whenever you have the chance.’
    • ‘He has been a constant source of encouragement throughout.’
    • ‘With a broad smile, she worked her way around the room with hugs, pleasantries and words of encouragement for all.’
    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’
      • ‘Kittirat admitted that Thai investors might need encouragement.’
      • ‘Instead, we do not give encouragement in this country to those who favour the use of coal for energy, at all.’
      • ‘And he spent the rest of the dance advising her on the steps and offering encouragement.’
      • ‘The success of that experience and her brother's encouragement kept her in science, she says.’
      • ‘Next, with the mayor's encouragement, the NYPD moved 300 officers to a new task force charged with stopping the attacks.’
      • ‘I think we definitely need to do that tomorrow so as not to give the opposition any encouragement.’
      • ‘To our knowledge, the effect of encouragement on walk performance has not been studied subsequently.’
      • ‘The first episode, which was a huge success, became an encouragement to make more.’
      • ‘I enjoyed the articles so much I had to thank you for the encouragement.’
      • ‘While we draw encouragement and motivation from these results, there is still much work to do.’
      • ‘Left alone for the first time, Darcy kissed her again, deepening the kiss with encouragement from Elizabeth.’
      • ‘The Franciscans gave him no encouragement to remain; and the provincial threatened him with excommunication if he persisted.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Was I wrong, therefore, to take encouragement from it?’
      • ‘Other patients needed encouragement to call their health care providers regarding specific problems they were experiencing.’
      • ‘With little encouragement on my part, a friend agreed to lend me her children for the night.’
      • ‘The stallion, already spooked and restless, did not require much encouragement.’
      • ‘Even the coaching and encouragement of former international Tommy Doyle has failed to get the results.’
      • ‘Full of encouragement, the fires started licking the outside walls and flames growing bigger reached the higher floors.’
    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.’
      • ‘Another important role which Lindelöf played in Finland was the encouragement of the study of the history of mathematics in that country.’
      • ‘Moscow insists on portraying U.S. encouragement of free media and elections as a plot to extend Western influence at Russia's expense.’
      • ‘The strategy builds and develops the School's research profile by the active encouragement of a thriving research culture.’
      • ‘A big drop in bond yields offered little encouragement for a tired stock market.’

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