Student Thesaurus

One entry found for encourage.
Entry Word: encourage
Function: verb
Text: 1 to fill with courage or strength of purpose <a pep talk that encouraged the team to get out there and win>
Synonyms buoy (up), cheer (up), comfort, embolden, hearten, inspire, steel
Related Words animate, enliven, invigorate; fortify, reinforce, strengthen; assure, reassure; boost, energize, excite, galvanize, provoke, quicken, rally, stimulate, stir
Near Antonyms demoralize, depress, sadden; debilitate, enfeeble, undermine, weaken
Antonyms daunt, discourage, dishearten, dispirit
2 to help the growth or development of <asserted that the government should be encouraging small businesses, not smothering them with regulations> -- see FOSTER 1
3 to rouse to strong feeling or action <the movie's cheap special effects will not encourage audiences to sit on the edge of their seats but to roll in the aisles with laughter> -- see PROVOKE 1
4 to try to persuade (someone) through earnest appeals to follow a course of action <the pastor continues to encourage the couple to work out their problems and to save their marriage> -- see URGE