–verb (used with object), -aged, -ag⋅ing.
||to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence: His coach encouraged him throughout the marathon race to keep on running.
||to stimulate by assistance, approval, etc.: One of the chief duties of a teacher is to encourage students.
||to promote, advance, or foster: Poverty often encourages crime.
late ME encoragen
< AF, MF encorag
See en- 1
1. embolden, hearten, reassure. 2. urge; support, aid, help.
1. discourage, dishearten.