To mentally support; to motivate, give courage, hope or spirit.
‘I encouraged him during his race.’;
To provide incentives for; to encourage.
‘The US government seeks to incentivize home ownership through a favorable tax system.’;
To spur on, strongly recommend.
‘We encourage the use of bicycles in the town centre.’;
To provide incentives to.
‘They effectively incentivized people to overinvest in home ownership.’;
To foster, give help or patronage
‘''The royal family has always encouraged the arts in word and deed’;
To give courage to; to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope; to raise, or to increase, the confidence of; to animate; enhearten; to incite; to help forward; - the opposite of discourage.
‘David encouraged himself in the Lord.’;
contribute to the progress or growth of;
‘I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom’;
inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to
‘His financial success encouraged him to look for a wife’;