Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

encourage

verb
     
en‧cour‧age S2 W1 [transitive]
1 to give someone the courage or confidence to do something [≠ discourage]:
I want to thank everyone who has encouraged and supported me.
encourage somebody to do something
Cooder was encouraged to begin playing the guitar by his father.
encourage somebody in something
Fleur encouraged Dana in her ambition to become a model.
2 to persuade someone to do something [≠ discourage]:
Cantor didn't mind if they worked late; in fact, he actively encouraged it.
encourage somebody to do something
A 10p rise in cigarette prices is not enough to encourage smokers to stop.
3 to make something more likely to exist, happen, or develop:
Violent TV programmes encourage anti-social behaviour.
encouraged adjective [not before noun]
She felt encouraged by the many letters of support.

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary