Synonyms for encourageɛnˈkɜr ɪdʒ, -ˈkʌr-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. promote, advance, boost, further, encourage(verb)

    contribute to the progress or growth of

    Synonyms:
    throw out, supercharge, bring forward, come along, pass on, get along, win, elevate, kick upstairs, progress, advertize, come on, make headway, advance, upgrade, encourage, hike, hike up, gain, pull ahead, foster, promote, boost, go on, gain ground, raise, advertise, move on, get on, shape up, further, push, set ahead, march on, get ahead

    Antonyms:
    discourage

  2. encourage(verb)

    inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to

    Synonyms:
    boost, advance, promote, further

    Antonyms:
    discourage

  3. encourage(verb)

    spur on

    Synonyms:
    boost, advance, promote, further

    Antonyms:
    discourage

Wiktionary

  1. encourage(verb)

    Antonyms:
    discourage

  2. encourage(verb)

    To mentally support; to motivate, give courage, hope or spirit.

    Antonyms:
    discourage

  3. encourage(verb)

    To spur on, strongly recommend.

    Antonyms:
    discourage

  4. encourage(verb)

    To foster, give help or patronage

    Antonyms:
    discourage

English Synonyms and Antonyms, by James Champlin Fernald

  1. encourage

    Abet and instigate are now used almost without exception in a bad sense; one may incite either to good or evil. One incites or instigates to the doing of something not yet done, or to increased activity or further advance in the doing of it; one abets by giving sympathy, countenance, or substantial aid to the doing of that which is already projected or in process of commission. Abet and instigate apply either to persons or actions, incite to persons only; one incites a person to an action. A clergyman will advocate the claims of justice, aid the poor, encourage the despondent, support the weak, uphold the constituted authorities; but he will not incite to a quarrel, instigate a riot, or abet a crime. The originator of a crime often instigates or incites others to abet him in it, or one may instigate or incite others to a crime in the commission of which he himself takes no active part. Compare HELP.

    Synonyms:
    abet, advocate, aid, assist, countenance, embolden, incite, instigate, promote, sanction, support, uphold

    Antonyms:
    baffle, confound, counteract, denounce, deter, disapprove, disconcert, discourage, dissuade, expose, frustrate, hinder, impede, obstruct

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