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English verb: encourage

1. encourage (social) contribute to the progress or growth of

SamplesI am promoting the use of computers in the classroom.

ExamplesThey encourage him to write the letter

Synonymsadvance, boost, further, promote

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)back up, support

Narrower (hyponym)carry, conduce, connive at, contribute, feed, foster, further, help, lead, spur, wink at

2. encourage (emotion) inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to

ExamplesThe good news will encourage her

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)animate, enliven, exalt, inspire, invigorate

Narrower (hyponym)barrack, bring out, cheer, cheer, draw out, embolden, exhort, foster, goad, hearten, hollo, inspire, nurture, pep up, recreate, root on, spur, urge, urge on



3. encourage (communication) spur on

SamplesHis financial success encouraged him to look for a wife.

ExamplesThey encourage him to write the letter

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)cause, get, have, induce, make, stimulate

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