Definitions of Encourage and Related Words

encourage (verb)
1. Contribute to the progress or growth of
2. Inspire with confidence, give hope or courage to
3. Spur on

Synonyms of Encourage

  • Advance
  • Boost
  • Further
  • Promote
boost (noun)
1. The act of giving hope or support to
2. An increase in cost
3. The act of giving an upward push

Synonyms of Boost

  • Advance
  • Encourage
  • Encouragement
  • Further
  • Promote
  • Supercharge
advance (noun)
1. A movement forward
2. A change for the better, progress in development
3. A tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others

Source: Word Web Dictionary/Thesaurus for Windows. Version 1.6. (Freeware version). Copyright © 2001 by Andy Lewis.

encourage (verb transitive)
1. To give courage or confidence to
2. To raise the hopes of
3. To help on by sympathtetic advice and interest
4. To advise and make it eaasy (for someone to do something)
5. To promote, stimulate, to strengthen
encouragement (noun)
1. A heartening or being heartened
2. Something that cheers or helps on
3. An inducement
hearten (verb transitive)
1. To inspire with fresh determination

Source: New Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus of the English Language (Revised Edition). (1993). Danbury, CT: Lexicon Publications.