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En-Courage Someone Today

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en⋅cour⋅age

[en-kur-ij, kuhr] 
 
–verb (used with object), -aged, -ag⋅ing.

1. to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence: His coach encouraged him throughout the marathon race to keep on running.
2. to stimulate by assistance, approval, etc.: One of the chief duties of a teacher is to encourage students.
3. to promote, advance, or foster: Poverty often encourages crime.


Origin:
1400–50; late ME encoragen < AF, MF encorag(i)er. See en- 1 , courage


en⋅cour⋅ag⋅er, noun
en⋅cour⋅ag⋅ing⋅ly, adverb

1.
embolden, hearten, reassure. 2. urge; support, aid, help.


1.
discourage, dishearten.
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