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.
be, look, seem, sound | remain
extremely, highly, immensely, most, really, tremendously, very
This news is most encouraging.
| mildly, quite, reasonably | positively | hardly
Random quote: There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.: Linda HoganLatest queries: spoony, bump, lama, limelight, rough, charge, incl., doubt, vr, rubbery, unprecedented, montserrat, categorical, statehouse, parentis, eraser, sign, sphere, foppish, encouraging,