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See definition of encourages on Dictionary.com
  • verbstimulate spiritually
  • verbgive support; help

synonyms for encourages

  • boost
  • buoy
  • embolden
  • hearten
  • inspire
  • reassure
  • restore
  • spur
  • strengthen
  • animate
  • applaud
  • brighten
  • cheer
  • comfort
  • console
  • energize
  • enliven
  • excite
  • exhilarate
  • fortify
  • galvanize
  • gladden
  • goad
  • incite
  • inspirit
  • instigate
  • praise
  • prick
  • push
  • rally
  • refresh
  • revitalize
  • revivify
  • rouse
  • steel
  • stir
  • sway
  • buck up
  • cheer up
  • enhearten
  • give shot in arm
  • prop up
  • psych up

antonyms for encourages

MOST RELEVANT
  • discourage
  • dishearten
  • dissuade
  • hurt
  • agitate
  • annoy
  • bore
  • calm
  • deaden
  • depress
  • deter
  • dull
  • leave alone
  • repress
  • sadden
  • tire
  • trouble
  • upset
  • weaken
  • block
  • confuse
  • dampen
  • deject
  • dispirit
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How to use encourages in a sentence

A pension encourages earlier retirement from work, quickens promotion, and vitalises the whole service.
FIFTY YEARS OF RAILWAY LIFE IN ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND IRELANDJOSEPH TATLOW
It encourages me to observe that last month you devoted a week to prayer in the place of an address.
THIRD CLASS IN INDIAN RAILWAYSMAHATMA GANDHI
He encourages literature, art, and music, and makes Paris so beautiful that its citizens are justified in their pride.
NAPOLEON'S YOUNG NEIGHBORHELEN LEAH REED
"Well, that's the way she encourages me: it's meat and drink to me," Nick went on.
THE TRAGIC MUSEHENRY JAMES
It condemns the speaker and the whole system which advances and encourages such narrow and vicious methods.
ISLAM HER MORAL AND SPIRITUAL VALUEARTHUR GLYN LEONARD
I see in you the very man I desired and wanted—your acuteness surprises and encourages me.
NIGHT AND MORNING, COMPLETEEDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
If the evangelical message encourages, condones, or permits this divorce, it becomes an instrument of incalculable harm.
THE MINISTER AND THE BOYALLAN HOBEN
It encourages us somewhat to see even a few induced to listen for a short time to the truths of the Gospel.
MARY AND ISTEPHEN RETURN RIGGS
I believe she encourages the airship business just to get on the good side of his uncle.
THE AUTOMOBILE GIRLS IN THE BERKSHIRESLAURA DENT CRANE
Who can be worse than a wife who encourages a lover, and poisons her husband's mind against his relative?
RETURN OF THE NATIVETHOMAS HARDY
SYNONYM OF THE DAY
OCTOBER 26, 1985
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