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English noun: encouragement

1. encouragement (communication) the expression of approval and support

Broader (hypernym)approval, commendation

Narrower (hyponym)abetment, abettal, advancement, cheering, fosterage, fostering, furtherance, goad, goading, incitement, instigation, prod, prodding, promotion, provocation, shouting, spur, spurring, urging, vote of confidence


2. encouragement (act) the act of giving hope or support to someone


Broader (hypernym)aid, assist, assistance, help

Narrower (hyponym)morale booster, morale building

3. encouragement (feeling) the feeling of being encouraged

Broader (hypernym)hope

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