1 hearten, embolden, reassure, buoy (up), stimulate, animate, support, inspirit, inspire, cheer (up), urge or spur on or onward(s), incite, Colloq egg on, pep up:
She encouraged him in his study of medicine.
2 promote, advance, aid, support, help, assist, abet, foster, forward, boost, Colloq give a shot in the arm:
The continued success of the team encouraged attendance at the games.
We were greatly encouraged by the support we received.
| actively, positively
The government must actively encourage investment in these areas.
VERB + ENCOURAGE
aim to | try to | be designed to
These questions are designed to encourage debate.
| be likely to
Newspapers should not publish material that is likely to encourage discrimination on the grounds of race or colour.
Her head of department encouraged her in her research work.
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