encourage encourage  /ɛn ˈkɜ rɪdʒ/


  1. (v) contribute to the progress or growth of
  2. (v) inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
  3. (v) spur on



  1. To encourage investors to re-enter the stock market and foster corporate responsibility, he is set to propose that taxes on dividends be eliminated entirely.
  2. A better plan would be to encourage mortgage holders to renegotiate the principle down to 100% of current market value, and then refinance at low rates through Fannie Freddie.
  3. With Reagan and Thatcher in power, the application of judicious pressure on the Soviet state to encourage it to reform or abolish itself, or to implode, became an admissible policy.


  1. Why does the government encourage people to build homes in wildfire zones?

    Western wildfires keep getting bigger and more destructive. Does it really make sense to encourage people to live in fire-prone areas?
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Washington Post

  2. Enough With The Alarmist Welfare State, Women Believe In Personal Responsibility

    How can we encourage Americans to live healthier?
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Forbes

  3. Local organizations encourage fathers to be involved

    Several local organizations came together to celebrate Father's Day a little early and encourage dads in the community to be involved in their children's lives.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: WINK TV Southwest Florida


  1. "Today I encourage each of you to do what you can to foster healing and reconciliation and to assist those who have been hurt," Benedict said in an advance version of his homily.
    on Apr 17, 2008 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source: Earthtimes (press release)

  2. "This episode represents a calculated and deliberate attempt to avoid longstanding rules designed to encourage fair play and promote honest competition on the playing field," Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a letter to the Patriots.
    on Sep 13, 2007 By: Roger Goodell Source: Boston Globe

  3. "It's time for those banks to fulfill their responsibility to help ensure a wider ecovery," Obama said. "We're going to take every appropriate step to encourage them to meet those responsibilities."
    on Oct 25, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Business Mirror

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