Synonyms of encourage in English:

encourage


See definition of encourage

verb

1‘the players were encouraged by the crowd's response’

SYNONYMS

hearten, cheer, buoy up, uplift, inspire, motivate, egg on, spur on, stir, stir up, whip up, fire up, stimulate, animate, invigorate, vitalize, revitalize, embolden, fortify, rally, incite

lift the spirits of, raise the morale of, stiffen the resolve of

informal buck up, pep up, give a shot in the arm to

North American informal light a fire under

rare inspirit, spirit someone up, fillip, incentivize

ANTONYMS

discourage

2‘he would never encourage Joan to leave her husband’

SYNONYMS

persuade, coax, urge, press, push, pressure, pressurize, exhort, spur, prod, goad, egg on, prompt, influence, sway

informal put the heat on, put the screws on, twist someone's arm

ANTONYMS

dissuade

3‘the Government was keen to encourage local businesses’

SYNONYMS

support, back, endorse, champion, advocate, recommend, promote, further, advance, forward, foster, strengthen, enrich

help, assist, aid, abet, boost, fuel, favour

ANTONYMS

hinder