Definition of encouraging in US English:



  • 1Giving someone support or confidence; supportive.

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